It's hard to believe that another year has already come and gone! To think that we were welcoming 2017 not too long ago, and now here we are about to greet 2018.
We all want to put our best foot forward and make sure we begin the new year right, and that means checking off a lot of items on our yearly to-do list!
You may be dreading this one, but there's a reason that most people put down exercise as their top new year's resolution. We really don't get enough of it in our day-to-day lives, but the biggest mistake you can make is trying to bite off more than you can chew right away!
There's no need to start lifting weights, running marathons, or even getting a gym membership for that matter! If you start off with drastic changes, then you'll find you'll stop just as quickly somewhere down the line.
Don't fall for it this year, just try adding a walk to your weekly schedule and go from there!
What's up, Doc?
Yep, this one is high on the list as well, When's the last time you went to the doctor for, well, anything?
Obviously, you don't need to get a whole physical done, or any other expensive procedures, but if you have been holding off on checking out that one symptom that hasn't gone away, just get it out of the way now.
Don't Forget The Little Ones!
This goes for both kids and pets! Kids will often whine about little things that aren't important, bu will ignore things that we know to be serious, like a persistent cough. Talk to your kids about how they have been feeling lately, and then take them to the doctor to really see how they are doing.
The same goes for pets. They can't just tell us when something isn't right, so we have to be vigilant for them!
Here's The Score!
This may be even more painful than going to the doctors, but you've just gotta do it.
Part of being a responsible adult is being aware of your financial situation, so pull up your credit score and see how badly you're in the hole. Who knows, maybe it isn't as bad as you thought!
Here's one thing you may not have realized to do! Check out your hot water heater, and if necessary, drain it. You should be checking in on it every six months, and draining it at least every 12.
Draining it allows the tank to be cleansed of debris, helping it to last longer. Unsure of where to start? Check the tank! There's usually instructions on how to do all of this on there.
There's plenty more check-ups for yourself and your home on the next page. Check it out to stay in control!
Charged With Batteries
You hear the commercials on the TV and the radio all the time, but how often do you test your smoke detector?
It can be annoying most of the time with its incessant beeping every time you go to make toast, but at the same time, it keeps you and your family safe. Double check those batteries.
Pull Out The Rug!
Yikes, do we even want to look under the rug? Over the course of a year, messes happen that go beyond the usual cleaning repertoire.
Stains aren't something you can just sweep up, get a bucket with hot, soapy water and start scrubbing! If it's really bad, you may have to opt for a professional steamer.
Sure, it may still be winter out there, but that's no reason to put off your yearly deep clean! Instead of waiting for the warmer days when you'll want to be outside or invite friends over, get this out of the way now!
There's the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, living room, and every nook and cranny you can think of to get done; why wait?
Spring cleaning isn't just for your house, you've got a whole online persona to keep fresh as well!
All those social media outlets, website accounts, and cluttered emails need to be seen to eventually.
Heard of a digital fire drill? Give it a try this year and see how light you feel afterwards!
Spin Those Wheels
This one is going to be a doozy. We all do the same thing: as soon as something sounds wrong with our car, we do our best to ignore the sound until we get used to it being there.
Unfortunately, as expensive as car maintenance is, it costs more to do nothing about it. So yourself a favor and book an appointment at the mechanics!