The new year is a perfect time to tackle the goals you didn’t get to in the last, from hitting the gym more to finally reading the book gathering dust on your shelf. And if you have a list of house projects that’s been getting longer and longer recently, now is the perfect time to cross off a few big-ticket items.
Looking for a New Year’s resolution that will have a lasting impact beyond the coming year? Here are a few ideas to help make your home smarter, safer, and more stylish.
1. Cut Down on Clutter
From clothes that are two sizes too small to toys that haven’t been played with in years, you’re probably holding onto a few things you don’t need anymore.
Ready for a fresh start this new year? It’s time to tackle those junk drawers, closets, and cabinets and give your old things a new home. Make a donation pile for all the items in good condition that you don’t use anymore, and throw out or recycle anything that’s worn down or no longer useful. After a good purging session, it will be easier to find the things you actually use, and you’ll have plenty of storage space for new essentials.
2. Upgrade Security
Whether you’re planning to spend the new year enjoying quality time at home or jet-setting around the globe, improving security at home can help give you peace of mind no matter where you are. And when you choose Ring, it’s quick and easy to give your whole home an essential layer of security. Here are a few simple steps to help protect your home in the new year:
3. Improve Curb Appeal
You may trim your trees, plant new flowers, and swap out seasonal wreaths throughout the year, but when was the last time you made big changes to the outside of your home? New paint colors, lighting, and furniture can completely transform your home’s look and give visitors a positive first impression before they even enter your home.
Here are some ideas to level up your curb appeal:
4. Make Your Home Smarter
If you’re looking for ways to save time and make your life a little easier in the new year, smart devices can help. You can control smart appliances remotely and set routines, so you don’t have to change the thermostat or turn out the lights manually.. Here are a few smart home upgrades to consider:
If you have a Ring security system or cameras, look for other smart devices that work with Ring. You’ll be able to control everything, including lights, thermostats, locks, and plugs, straight from the Ring App. You can also link devices like Ring Alarm and smart locks and set convenient automations. For example, you can disarm Ring Alarm when you unlock your smart lock or set your smart security cameras to begin recording if Ring Alarm is triggered.
5. Give a Room a Makeover
Chances are, there’s a room in your house that isn’t quite where you want it to be. Whether you’re dealing with a guest-bedroom-slash-home-office or a half-finished basement, figure out what it will take to transform your space — and get started!
You'll probably need to hire a contractor for a major project like a full kitchen remodel or upgraded bathroom. But if your problems are purely cosmetic, you may be able to tackle a room on your own. A new coat of paint, a stylish standing desk, a fluffy area rug, and a few pieces of personalized art can transform your home office setup from drab to cozy.
6. Focus on Fire Safety
Taking the proper precautions can help keep you and your family safe during a home fire. So, if it’s been a while since you’ve thought about fire safety, there’s no time like the new year. Here are some steps you should take to prepare for a fire, according to the American Red Cross:
If you have a Ring Alarm security system, consider linking Smoke and CO Listeners or First Alert Smoke and CO Alarms. With a Ring Protect subscription, sold separately, you’ll get alerts if a detector triggers the Alarm, so you can take action even if you’re away.2
7. Create an Emergency Plan
From hurricanes and floods to winter storms and power outages, disasters can take many forms — but with a home emergency plan, you can be prepared for any scenario. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
8. Perform Routine Maintenance
Even if everything’s in working order at home, there’s a good chance you’re due for a few tune-ups. A little routine maintenance in the new year can help detect future problems and potentially save money by addressing minor issues proactively. The National Center for Healthy Housing recommends several tasks for healthy home maintenance, including:
While you inspect your home for signs of damage, consider connecting Flood & Freeze Sensors to Ring Alarm and placing them in areas that might experience water damage. If running water is detected, the Alarm will sound, allowing you to find the source of the leak and make repairs. And since freezing temperatures can cause burst pipes, your Flood & Freeze Sensor will also trigger Ring Alarm if it detects temperatures under 40 degrees Fahrenheit. With a Ring Protect subscription, sold separately, you will receive a notification if a Flood & Freeze Sensor gets triggered, whether it’s due to low temperatures or leaking water.1
9. Reduce Energy Usage
If you’ve been looking for ways to go green, a few changes to your home can help reduce your environmental impact in the new year. Consider a few of these energy-saving measures to make your home more efficient:
Ring Can Help Enhance Your Whole-Home Security This New Year
From Alarms and video doorbells to smart lighting and security cameras, Ring has what you need to help make your home safer — and smarter — this new year.
Need help deciding which devices will work best for your home? Take a quick quiz to get customized recommendations and jump-start your New Year’s resolution to upgrade security.