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Refresh Your Home: Twin Cities' New Year's Resolutions

Leslie Dahlen

A long time ago, in a suburb close by, I got my real estate license. I knew I’d have fun learning about it...

A long time ago, in a suburb close by, I got my real estate license. I knew I’d have fun learning about it...

Dec 22 1 minutes read

Welcome the New Year with Intentional Homeownership

As the snow blankets the vibrant landscapes of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Minnesotans are writing new chapters for the upcoming year. For homeowners in our community, from the historic streets of Saint Paul to the bustling avenues of Minneapolis and the quiet suburban neighborhoods stretching from Edina to Woodbury, the new year is a chance to enrich our living spaces and connect more deeply with our surroundings. Presenting seven resolutions that are particularly meaningful for Twin Cities homeowners, this guide will help you transform your living space and enhance your lifestyle in harmony with our beloved region.

1. Invest in Sustainable Upgrades

The green movement is thriving in the Twin Cities, with Minneapolis often leading the way as one of the most eco-friendly cities in the country. Embrace this local ethos by making your home more environmentally conscientious. Imagine how solar panels could capitalize on those bright Midwestern summer days, or upgrading to energy-efficient appliances sourced from Minneapolis's own innovative retailers. Integrating smart home technology can also place climate control at your fingertips, saving money and Lake Superior resources. And when it comes to home decor, choosing reclaimed wood furniture or bamboo flooring from local craftsmen not only add unique Midwest flair but also supports responsible consumption.

2. Declutter and Organize

In our cozy Northern homes, maintaining a well-organized space can be as refreshing as a walk along the Mississippi River banks. Begin the new year by shedding the old—donate gently used goods to local Twin Cities charities and embrace storage solutions that match your lifestyle. Retailers from the Mall of America to local boutiques offer stylish organizational tools that can help your home stay as serene as our tranquil Minnehaha Falls.

3. Create a Relaxing Outdoor Oasis

Even with our hearty Minnesotan winters, we cherish our time outdoors from our lakeside cabins to our city gardens. Converting your outdoor space into a personal retreat lets you appreciate the seasonal beauty the Twin Cities have to offer. Add hardy native plants for a touch of Minnetonka's natural splendor, invest in some durable Adirondack chairs, or string up some lights for a cozy ambiance that echoes the starry skies over Stillwater. Any outdoor space, from a sprawling Eagan backyard to a quaint balcony in Uptown, can be your own slice of North Star State paradise.

4. Prioritize Home Maintenance

Our extreme seasons can put our homes to the test—from blistering summers to freezing winters. Sticking to a maintenance schedule is fundamental in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. From inspecting for ice damming on your roof to ensuring your HVAC system can handle Maple Grove's chilly January days, regular checks will shield your home from the elements. Partner with local Twin Cities experts for specialized tasks to ensure your abode is well-maintained and ready for every season's offering.

5. Embrace Energy Efficiency

Our Twin Cities communities are at the forefront of energy conservation. Join the movement by adopting energy-efficient habits in your daily routine—like embracing cold-weather layering to reduce heating needs, or timing your irrigation to conserve water for our lush Minnesotan landscapes. Educate yourself on local energy-saving initiatives; utilities and organizations in the Twin Cities often offer workshops and incentives to help homeowners conserve.

6. Support Local Businesses

As part of our local economy's heartbeat, supporting Twin Cities' businesses keeps our urban and suburban communities thriving. Make a resolution to explore local home decor shops in the Northeast Arts District, or hire Bloomington-based contractors for home improvements. Whether you’re indulging in a farm-to-table meal in Lowertown or adorning your home with art from Northeast Minneapolis, choosing local ensures your dollars support the richness and resilience of our unique communities.

7. Foster a Sense of Community

At its core, the Twin Cities embody a powerful sense of togetherness. Commit to strengthening this bond by engaging in local events—from festivals at Harriet Island to neighborhood clean-ups in Coon Rapids. Introduce yourself to neighbors, share homegrown vegetables, or join a local Roseville or Fridley community group. Each connection helps weave the fabric of a supportive, neighborly, and robust community.

A Heartfelt Conclusion

Embracing these resolutions means committing to a lifestyle that reflects our Twin Cities values: sustainability, community, and a deep appreciation for our homes and environment. Make this the year your residence reflects the spirit of possibility that the new year brings. Together, let's create homes and communities across the Twin Cities that are as vibrant and enduring as the Great State of Minnesota itself. Happy New Year to you, your loved ones, and the place you call home!

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