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Resolutions for My Home in the New Year (Sponsored)

by Laura Putnam

Laura has been running a small interior decorating business since 2004. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters, who support and encourage her at every turn. She has always loved the "hunt" for the next treasure, especially when you have to get down and dirty to discover it. Finding Home is the story of the journey we're all on to making our homes a reflection of ourselves and what we find along the way.

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  • Forget about dieting or exercising more, this year I am setting New Year's resolutions about making my home a better place for my family. A place in which to slow down a bit more and focus on each other. Regardless of your climate, when the holidays are over, it's time to snuggle in and spend a little more time at home.

    Here are my four resolutions for my home for 2014:

    1. Simplify My Decor

    Every year, when the holidays are over, I tend to really simplify my decor. I remind myself it is okay to put things in storage for a bit. I leave a lot of my pre-holiday tabletop accessories in storage. I switch out holiday pillows for ones with lots of texture. I take the throw blankets out of the drawer, leaving them on the sofas and the chairs.

    As the year goes on, I will bring out more accessories and dress things up a bit more, but for now, it will be about snuggling by the fire and keeping things simple.

    2. Spend More Time in the Kitchen

    I tend to cook in spurts. I wish I could tell you that I bake every week and that every night there is an amazing meal on the table. That would not be the truth. But when I really do spend time in the kitchen, I enjoy it and the result is a great meal that I love making for my family. I want to do more of that this year. I want to look at it as less of a chore and more of a privilege.

    And I want to serve more meals at our kitchen table. I love our island in our kitchen, and it really is so central to everything we do. I can't help but notice, when we actually sit down together, we linger longer after everyone has finished eating.

    3. Don't Let Cleaning be Overwhelming

    I wish I could tell you I was one of those people who finds cleaning to be enjoyable and therapeutic. That would be my mother, and she did not pass down that gene. But I need to have my home clean and organized. I feel much more tense and uncomfortable when things are not clean.

    At the same time, I do not want cleaning to be overwhelming. That's why I turn to the Endust line of products.  The wood floor cleaner is literally as simple as spraying and mopping. When I use the multi-surface cleaning and dusting spray I can clean a variety of surfaces and finishes quickly and easily. The fewer cleaners I have to find and the simpler they are to use, the faster everything is done—and that makes for a happy mom!

    4. Don't Take My Home for Granted

    We are fortunate to live in our home. Actually, we are fortunate just to have a home. I am going to spend 2014 trying to not lose sight of that. Even if there are things that drive me crazy—like a 14-inch wide linen closet, I am thankful to have a closet of any kind. Part of my job for Finding HOME is to be thinking about the next project and improvement to our home. My resolution is not to lose sight of all we have in the midst of that process.

    And my goal through all of these things is to continue to try and build a great life for my family. My goal is to teach my kids by what I do and not by what I say. I hope to teach my children appreciation for their home and then they can do the same when they have their own.
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    Laura Putnam has been running a small interior decorating business since 2004. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters, who support and encourage her at every turn. She has always loved the "hunt" for the next treasure, especially when you have to get down and dirty to discover it. Finding Home is the story of the journey we're all on to making our homes a reflection of ourselves and what we find along the way.

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