Each year, most of spend time dreaming about the year ahead. Often that dreaming takes the shape of cultivating New Years Resolutions, Intentions and/or Goals. When was the last time you set a goal for your entire household? Maybe 2013 should be that year! Sit in quiet reflection, noticing the things your home really needs and allow that to direct your efforts. Or, take a few clues from us. Here are FIVE New Year’s Resolutions you can adopt for your own home.

Spend time with family. That’s right. Look around your home and determine if there are any do-it-yourself projects that would be fun to tackle as a family. With home improvement stores everywhere, there are so many things you can do today that you might have had to hire a professional to do in the past. These DIY projects can be as simple as an interesting paint pattern in one of your rooms, or as difficult as completely renovating an entire room or area of your home.

Get rid of stuff. Nothing says “Happy New Year” like the act of de-cluttering. Over time we accumulate so much stuff and in the daily grind we often don’t have the time to go through the stuff until it’s piled up to a mountainous fright. Clean out the garage, basement, or attic. Perhaps the home office has so much paper it’s a fire hazard. Maybe your kids are grown and you still have Disney DVDs lying around. When de-cluttering, think of others. Can you donate it to charity or give it to a friend who would enjoy it?

Cut energy usage in 2013. There are so many ways you can cut your energy usage. Turn the heat down when you are not home. Change your light bulbs to CFL bulbs. Buy a low-flow shower head. Turn off power strips when not in use. Line dry your clothes and try composting for a change.

Purify the air. Get an air purifying system that cleans the air and leaves you feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Keep your HVAC system up to par by changing your filters regularly. In fireplaces, burn real wood instead of the pressed wood products you’ll find in stores. And our favorite way to purify the air? Get more houseplants. They are natural air purifiers and they beautify your home like nothing else.

Treat yourself for your hard work. Come to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mount Vernon or Newark, and treat yourself and your home to something special. Perhaps it’s time you get a new mattress so you can sleep more soundly and be able to tackle all of your other goals and intentions for 2013. Maybe a new dining room is in order, or that beautiful sofa, love or sectional is just waiting for a new space within your home. Whatever is your hearts desire, make 2013 the year of your home!