New Years Resolutions. Yes, we know. You make ’em, you break ’em—80% of us do. Rather than offering tips about shedding those holiday pounds and getting with an exercise program, we’ve compiled some promises you can make to your new West Villages home.

Let’s start with a classic Ann Landers column, which six of her 12 Golden Rules of Living;

  1. If you open it, close it.
  2. If you turn it on, turn it off.
  3. If you unlock it, lock it up.
  4. If you borrow it, return it.
  5. If you make a mess, clean it up.
  6. If you move it, put it back.

Streamline, declutter: You really don’t need all three cans of cranberry sauce from the holidays. Or 65 pairs of socks for each child. Or three pairs of scissors for each room. (Maybe you do, but we’re not judging.)

Purge surge. But don’t purge all at once. You have all year, so don’t burn out. Make two piles: one to pitch and one to donate. The City of North Port, an easy 10-minute drive from West Villages’ nine award-winning neighborhoods, provides a list of places for donations.

Like meets like. Store similar items together. Linens go with linens, paper goods with paper goods, cleaning supplies don’t go with children’s socks. Other tips here and here.

Safety first. Replace smoke-detector batteries. Purchase a $20 radon kit to check for that odorless gas. Same with carbon monoxide. Regularly remove highly flammable dryer lint.

Green’s the thing: Water your yard less. Install LED lighting. Replace air filters for HVAC efficiency. Open your windows to Florida’s amazing weather. Try composting.
Start clean: Refresh your home, but go easy. Focus on a single task, vacuum, then tackle each bathroom, then the windows. It’s more efficient. Part II: Enlist your family. We used to keep a “Chore Board.” Every day before school, each child was assigned a weekly 10-minute task: sweep the walkways on Mondays, dust the living and dining rooms on Tuesdays, etc.

Be more entertaining. Every year, we tell ourselves we want to have more friends, family and guests over to enjoy your new West Villages home and experience the wealth of amenities here—the swimming pools, playgrounds and trails. Easy improvements include adding houseplants—Florida is perfect for orchids, peace lilies and succulents—then matching those colorful additions with, say, throw pillows.

Transform your kitchen: Turn your West Villages gourmet kitchen into a family hub, filled with fresh ingredients and, yes, a cleaned-out refrigerator and organized pantry.

Rearrange: Move your furniture around so that your living area doesn’t just face the TV. Make your great room even greater with “conversation zones” for better family time.

Financing: Most companies start their fiscal year on Jan. 1, so try that with your family’s budget. Start planning for tax season, too. And for those dreaming of purchasing a new home in West Villages, now’s the time to get your financial house in order.

The easiest 2020 resolution? See how you can experience Life Your Way at West Villages, one of the nation’s leading master-planned communities. Visit West Villages’ Model Home Centers, listed here or call the Home Buyers Information Line at 941-960-7805.