5 Healthy Home Habits to Start in the New Year

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, you may be wondering how you can change up your life for the better in 2018. Here at Intracoastal Realty, we’ve been pondering similar things;some people make goals to exercise more or lose weight, while still others want a more balanced budget. We decided to share a few healthy home habits you can try breaking in, all of which are simple and not very time-consuming, so they’re easily added into your daily routine.

Clean handles

You wouldn’t believe how many germs live on your door handles, but think about it: when was the last time you cleaned them? And how often do people reach for the doorknob without a single thought as to where their hands have been? You don’t have to get obsessive about it, but giving them the occasional swipe of a disinfecting cloth can go a long way towards spreading fewer germs throughout the household. 

Clean the kitchen sink

When the dishes are done, the last thing you want is to stand around at the sink any longer. But a swift rinse-out can help keep your kitchen looking and feeling cleaner, not to mention prevent any stray bits of food from clinging to the sides or just inside the drain.

Put away clean clothes

It might seem trivial, but when you take the trouble to fold and put away your laundry once it’s clean and dry, you’re taking a step towards optimal organization. Clean clothes that are left out can be considered clutter, just as much as piles of dirty laundry you’ve yet to throw in the washer, so by putting them away you’re making your space a bit tidier (and easier to navigate!).

Tackle that catch-all closet

Everybody has one: the closet or drawer that gets chosen to house all of the random objects that otherwise wouldn’t have a home, but can’t be thrown away, either. And if you absolutely cannot get rid of anything contained in that space, get to organizing it! Even if it is still packed to the gills, at least you’ll be able to locate that stack of printer paper or your hiking backpack whenever the need arises.

Clean… your phone screen?

That’s right, we said it. Phone screens end up with tons of germs at the end of the day, just like those doorknobs we mentioned earlier. Make sure to regularly wipe yours off to help slow down the spread of any transferable particles, especially before making a phone call!

With these and other simple tricks, you’ll be well on your way to making 2018 a better year for yourself and those in your home. For more tips throughout the year on decorating and maintenance for your house or community events, keep in tune with our blog. And if you want to make the North Carolina coast your new home, contact us to get started!   


Holiday Hospitality

Whether this is your twentieth year in a row hosting the holidays at your home or the first, the preparations for both the meal and potential guests can become overwhelming. The shopping lists are endless, and everyone has a preference that butts heads with someone else’s. But, it doesn’t have to be a hassle just to enjoy the holiday with your family and friends. Here at Intracoastal Realty, we’ve learned a few tips over the seasons that will help get you on the right track to achieving host-of-the-year status.

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Roll out the welcome mat.

We actually don’t mean that literally – in this instance, what we do want to stress is how important it is for you to welcome changes in plans, unforeseen hiccups, and innocent accidents that throw your best intentions off the rails from time to time. If you walk into the holiday festivities and accept that sometimes you’ll have to roll with the punches, everyone else in your home is bound to be more at ease throughout their stay.

Be prepared. 

A great way to avoid holiday stress is to do as many things ahead of time as you can. Not only will the nitty-gritty tasks like cleaning and food prep be out of the way, but you’ll be able to enjoy more time with your guests when they do arrive. They’re here to celebrate the holidays with you, after all, not stand by while you rush around to get everything done! Items on your to-do list that can easily be checked off in advance include: laundry, general tidying around your home, chopping vegetables, and even starting sauces and seasonings for your table spread.

Make a list.

It’s a question we hear for every dinner party or holiday get-together: what can I bring? If you have multiple guests coming to visit, it’s easy to lose track of who signed up for what, or if anyone volunteered to bring a particular item. As the weeks lead up to the big meal, make yourself a basic checklist that you can find quickly if needed and jot down the guest and whatever they’ve offered to contribute. This way, when someone else asks, you know just what you already have plenty of, and what dishes or accents would perfectly top off the feast.

Hopefully these suggestions help ease you into the holiday weekend of hosting! No matter the size of your dinner table or the number of people you’ll have in your home, the team here at Intracoastal Realty wishes you a happy holiday season.