Each new year is a time of new beginnings. If you've recently moved into a new home, 2014 will certainly be filled with many fresh starts. But even if you've lived at your house for ages, there are three New Year's Resolutions worth making for your home. Your house and family will thank you for making these a priority:

1.  TRIM ENERGY USE โ€“ Train yourself (and your kids) to turn the lights off when leaving the room. Open windows before turning on a fan or air conditioning. Have a professional check your HVAC ductwork for holes and loose connections, which contribute to leaks in heating and cooling.

2.  GET ORGANIZED โ€“ Every year we accumulate more and more clutter. These excess things can interfere with enjoying life at home. Make a point to regularly go through your belongings and find storage for each item. Don't hesitate to donate the things you no longer need.

3.   ENTERTAIN MORE โ€“ Get your home in tip-top shape for hosting friends and family. Finish any decorating projects and create a system for maintaining order in the home. Make your house a cozy place where you are glad to invite people over and you'll both keep up with your chores and spend more time with friends and family in 2014.

With a little planning and determination, these three simple resolutions will prep your home for a happy and healthy 2014.

Happy New Year!