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Start the New Year Fresh - A Guide to Tackling End of Year Tasks
12/1/2017 4:57:41 PM
Fresh Year

Light bulbs, smoke detectors, dental visits, tire rotations -- those seemingly simple chores are often relegated to the back burner due to their infrequency on weekly and monthly to-do lists. The end of the year can be busy and stressful, but attending to these menial annual tasks can provide a sense of freshness for the New Year. We’ve compiled a checklist of common annual and biannual chores. Here’s to crossing off the mundane and greeting 2018 with a clear, focused mind.

Home 
Home is our cozy haven for rest and recreation all year long, but we often forget to take care of the things that keep our home safe. Take a few minutes to install fresh batteries in appliances, alarm clocks, and smoke detectors. Turn your mattresses over and rotate your ceiling fans (for optimal heating and cooling efficiency, blades should rotate counterclockwise in summer and clockwise in winter.) Clean out linen closets and throw away expired pantry items. A little extra attention in our homes will yield comfort and peace of mind all year long. 

Garden 
Our home’s exterior could also use some extra tender love and care. A pressure wash, fresh porch paint, clean windows and doorways, can make a world of difference in the overall aesthetic of our homes. Treat ant mounds, hornet dwellings, and other pests. Give yourself the gift of clear gutters. 

Personal Finances
The end of the year is a great time to review your finances and develop an intentional plan for the coming year. Schedule a meeting with your partner or spouse and design an outline for each month of the year. What special expenses can you plan for? Having a plan for holidays, birthdays, and special events can make unexpected surprises easier to navigate. 

Automobile 
Is it time for a tune-up? The end of the year is a good time to check fluid levels, change spark plugs, and schedule oil changes. Many lube shops offer end of year specials to have your tires rotated. Also check tire pressure and brakes. Verify that your car’s registration, inspection sticker, and insurance card are all up to date. 

Family 
Fill in your 2018 calendar with as much detail as possible. Consider all registrations, deadlines, and vacation dates that you may need to remember. Add them to your family’s calendar now so that everyone will be aware of upcoming events and dates. Family reunions, school try outs, work travel dates— creating a comprehensive family calendar will streamline the family’s outlook on the New Year and eliminate confusion. 

Health 
This is also a good time to schedule annual doctor’s appointments, dental cleanings, and update immunizations for pets. Make sure your emergency contact list is up to date and every family member has an up-to-date insurance card. Consider your health goals and evaluate your diet and exercise plans. The end of the year is also a good time to take an inventory of the medicine cabinet. Eliminate expired medications and purchase new medicines and first aid needs.


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