Cleaning out the Closet

A New Year

First of all, Happy New Year! All of us at HomeSpot hope you had a great 2012 and thank you for allowing us to help you manage your home. If you have any feedback on our home maintenance tracking tool, please feel free to contact us. We are always looking to improve our software to better help you.

New Years Resolution for the Home

Already made your personal New Year’s resolution? How about adding a second one for your home? In 2012 I made the resolution of trying to take much better care of my home with the hopes of reducing the number of required repairs. For the most part everything went to plan (i.e. one garage door repair). The previous year I had repair costs for the air conditioner, garbage disposal, water softener, and two toilets.

I also saved a couple hundred dollars from fewer service calls by doing a good share of maintenance myself. Cleaning the furnace  and water heater for the fall maintenance checklist saved around $200. During the spring the coil cleaning cost me about $10 in materials and an hour instead of the $100 service call.

Closet Cleaning Trick

For 2013 I’ve decided to set my goal on reducing clutter around the house. I figure having everything sorted and organized around the house will help make it easier to manage all the rest of the chaos that comes with maintenance and projects. Plus, it will be a good opportunity to give back by donating  to Good Will or the Salvation Army.

Donate any clothing items that are still on a reversed hanger at the end of the year.

One way I plan to declutter is in the closet. All of the clothes on hangers have switched backwards so that the hook is facing outwards instead of inwards. As items are used and placed back, I turn the hangers back to normal. Towards the end of 2013 I will take a look at which hangers are still facing outwards and donate those items.

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Tyler Golberg

Tyler is the founder of Home Maintenance Tracker and a writer for HomeSpot HQ, an easy to use tool for managing maintence and projects for every house.