5 Homeowner ‘Hacks’ for January


The holidays are done. The new year has rung in, and the gym routines are hopefully entrenched. But while you might not get all of your resolutions accomplished this year, there are a few simple homeowner hacks that you can get done this month to help you all year long. 

Smart homeowners know it’s time to do these five things. Five simple hacks that will save you time, money and hassles all year long:

#1 Organize Your Seasonal Storage Space

Organized Storage ~ Wissel HomesPacking away holiday decor presents a big opportunity. It’s the best time to sort, declutter, and reorganize that space where you store your seasonal stuff.

So before simply stuffing your holiday things back in there somewhere, take inventory, then sort, filter, donate, trash, and re-home as many of your things as possible.

Plan for how you use your storage spaces. Try not to put your Holiday decorations away in such a way that you’ll have to tear your organized space apart to get to the next holiday’s box.

It’ll help keep you more organized all year long. More importantly, you will make it easier to find all your holiday stuff next year.

#2 Deep Clean Your Kitchen

Cleaning ~ Wissel HomesAll of that holiday merriment-making is rough on a kitchen. Give it a good deep cleaning now that the glittery dust has settled.

Take the time to purge your pantry and frisk your fridge. January is a great time to get rid of food that you haven’t needed this year (or the last).

Help out your community by passing what you can on to local food banks.

Take the time to do it right. Scrub the walls and kick-boards, and even pull those appliances right out from the walls for a thorough vacuuming to prevent gunk (and stinks!) from accumulating. 

#3 Plan Summertime Improvement Projects

Home Improvement ~ Wissel HomesLet’s say you’re planning on adding a new bedroom over the garage, a spare bathroom, new garden or other medium to large scale projects. Landscaping, decks, patios, or other outdoor improvements often require permits and they often require contractors.
If that’s “the plan” Now is the time to get that timeline set. Three good reasons:

1. If you’re DIYing, you’ll be ready to roll at the first hint of nice weather.2. If you’re hiring a contractor or other professional, getting your bids and contracts in place now will save you from competing with the spring rush (wait too long, and you may not be able to book anyone!).3. Permits. You might not be aware that your municipality has a tortuous permit approval schedule. But you will once they tell you that you can’t begin your project.

#4 Create a Schedule to Clean ALL Your Home’s Filters

Home Calendar ~ Wissel HomesIt’s not just your HVAC. The filters in your fridge, your vacuum cleaner, your dryer, your air filter, and other household items need to be changed or cleaned at least once a year to be effective, usually more often — especially your dehumidifier. Yucky mold grows easily there.

Check manufacturer instructions for all the filters in your home, and create a master schedule, then add them to your calendar app to remind you. Today there are water filters everywhere. So don’t forget the fridge, or any other water filters. 

#5 Save Some Green at White Sales

Fresh Linens ~ Wissel HomesLinens and towels go on sale in January. It’s a long-standing retail tradition that started back when linens only came in white (hence the name), and still has a solid rep as a money-saver — only in more colors today.

Cut your threadbare bath towels into rags and restock your supply, plus fill in any gaps in your bed linens you may have noticed if you had a house full of holiday guests.

Consider also that you can use these older towels in your garage and other places in your home. Maybe fido needs his own dedicated bath towel? Don’t just dump these older sheets, but reuse and recycle them around the house.


The joys of homeownership can include burst pipes and unexpected maintenance items. But if you keep a disciplined schedule for getting check-ups and maintenance done, you’ll avoid many of the biggest pitfalls that trip up many.


The professionals at Wissel Homes know the Central Maryland market because it’s our home too. We live and breathe the local neighborhoods in Howard County, Carroll County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County and more. We understand what it takes to get the job done right. Contact us today to set up an appointment to list your home or to start the home buying process. Let our experience help move you into your dream home.