Homeowner Tips And Tricks For January

Various colorful Christmas decorations in boxes

A new year brings new priorities, perspectives, and goals. One thing that is great about the first month of a new year is that it gives everyone a fresh beginning. Take the time now to knock out some items on your to-do list around the house so that you can begin your year with confidence and organization in your home. Check out these to-dos inspired by Houzz and get moving.

Holiday Storage

It’s time to finally take down all of your decorations for the holiday season. Take the time to put them away neatly and organized so that you can find them easier and so that nothing gets broken before next year. Get all the supplies you need ahead of time like tissue paper, cardboard, and storage buckets. It is also a good idea to repair or toss broken ornaments and lights now so you don’t waste space on these items. 

Health And Safety

Winters in Clarksville aren’t too harsh, but you are probably using your heater and fireplace more than usual. It’s a great time to check the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Some may require new batteries.  You’ll also want to protect your pipes during this time. Frozen pipes lead to costly repairs. Insulate any exposed pipes and have your water trickle on nights that get below freezing. If a pipe does burst, you’ll want to know where the shut-off valve is so you can cut it off quickly in an emergency.

Take Inventory

During the year, you probably accumulate a lot of stuff. From games to clothes, you may have things you don’t even know you have because it has been tucked away over the months. Take inventory of what you have and give away things you haven’t used in the last year.


It is cold outside right now. Organize your winter gear and accessories so that you don’t have to go searching for them when you need them. Then when spring rolls around, switch out your cold clothes for your spring apparel.


If it is too cold to go outside, you may want to have a Plan B for your kids to play. Refresh a play space by adding new activities and craft supplies for them to use and create with.

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Take on your kitchen by completely cleaning out your pantry and refrigerator. Check for expired foods, stale chips, and nearly-empty Tupperware. If you want to go the extra mile, take everything out of your pantry and refrigerator and wipe down all of the shelves.

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