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6 Resolutions for a Better Home in 2015

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If you're like the majority of the population, you've created a long list of resolutions for the new year. Why not include a few for the wellness of your home? Add some of these to your list to make sure your home changes for the better right along with you.

1. Make Vacuuming a Priority
For some, there's nothing worse than pushing around a heavy vacuum and getting in hard-to-reach areas. You may push this chore to the side every once in a while just because you hate it so much, but this year, try turning a new leaf. Make vacuuming a weekly task so dirt doesn't pile up and make it seem like a major project when the time comes. Try elevating low couches and other furniture that add difficulty to an already laborious chore. It might also be beneficial to call on the help of robotic products. There are many helpful devices available that you can program to automatically sweep through your entire house and remove particles with the touch of a button.

"It's 2015, and vacuuming no longer has to be your most hated chore!"

2. Don't Forget to Dust
Another tedious task that's dreaded by most people, dusting should also be made a higher priority this year. Not only is dust unsightly, but it can also be irritating for those with allergies. Periodically wipe down areas where dust is likely to build up, including window sills, countertops and tables. Also, don't forget to clean harder to reach areas, like ceiling fans, which can contribute to the spread of dust and keep it circulating throughout your home. Wipe down blades every now and then by getting on a step stool or ladder and covering each, one by one, with an old pillow case. Slowly remove, placing pressure on the blade to wipe off the dust, and save yourself the hassle of cleanup. Simply throw away the pillow case or shake it out and toss it in the wash when you're done.

3. Improve Indoor Air Quality
Pollution inside of your home is often even worse than it is outside. Even if you do your best to clean up every day, airborne particles can cause a lot of discomfort and irritation. Try running an air purifier, like the Holmes® Smart Air Purifier with WeMo®. Thanks to WeMo® technology, you're able to use your smartphone to control it no matter where you are. Adjust the settings, turn it on or off and be notified when it needs a new filter with your mobile device. It captures 99.97 percent of airborne particles as small as 2 microns, which helps rid your home of pollen, dust, mold, pet dander and smoke.

4. Go Green
Swap out your harsh cleaning chemicals with natural substances for a healthier household and environment. Vinegar can be used in place of many different cleaning solutions and remain just as effective. Similarly, using baking soda instead of fragrance sprays can reduce the amount of chemicals in the air and still successfully eliminate odors. It can also remove stains from carpeting. Simply sprinkle some on the stain, leave overnight and wash away in the morning. 

Teach your dog some indoor manners this year.

5. Teach Pets Proper Household Behavior
Who said New Year's resolutions are just for humans? The new year can be the perfect time to train (or retrain, if necessary) pets who have poor indoor habits. Teach them not to lay on the couch or in your bed with you, and restrict their food and water bowls to a confined area. Ideally, this should be in the kitchen or another room with tile flooring, rather than wood or carpet, for cleanliness. Be sure to bathe your pets regularly - especially during the winter months when they're forced to remain indoors with you. 

6. Prohibit Smoking Indoors
Cigarette smoke is not only foul smelling, but it's also dangerous for others to inhale. If you live with a smoker, this may be the perfect time to change the rules and restrict indoor smoking. It may even be the extra push needed to get him or her to kick the habit once and for all!