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5 Ideas to Welcome the New Year in Your New Home

Happy New Year from Kerley Family Homes!

Now that the New Year is here, it’s time to reflect on how you will welcome 2024 in your home. Traditions like cleaning the house, stocking the pantry with food, and watching fireworks celebrations are always fun to invite positive energy into your home while eating foods that symbolize good luck, writing New Year’s resolutions, and hosting vision board parties set the tone for a year of good fortune, prosperity, and wellness. Whatever you and your family decide to do to embrace the new year, there are many things to begin the year on the right foot and set the tone for a successful season.

Clean Your Home

Starting the year with a clean house is one of the best feelings and also symbolizes a fresh start. To ensure you get a deep clean in all areas of your home, we suggest you strip the bed linens and give them a hot spin cycle in the washer, then wipe all countertops and cabinets throughout the house (especially in the kitchen and the bathrooms). Afterward, sweep and vacuum each room thoroughly. Don’t forget to dust and scrub overlooked spaces like ceiling fans, window blinds, and baseboards/crown molding. You’ll love the result of your clean room, and maybe seeing those areas so clean will inspire you to keep them tidy more often throughout the year.

New Year's Foods that Signify Good Luck ©Linda Hughes Photography

Eat Specific Foods for Good Luck

From black-eyes peas, pomegranates, round cake, fish, and pork, the list of symbolic foods people eat on New Year’s Day is endless! Make this the year you embrace cultural favorites and share a good luck meal with your loved ones. If you’re looking for other ways to guarantee your 2024 is the best year yet, try serving up one of these different New Year’s good luck foods!

  • Collard Greens
  • Onions
  • Donuts
  • Tamales
  • Rice
  • Dumplings
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Grapes
  • Soba Noodles
  • Lentils
  • Cornbread
  • Oranges
  • Cabbage
  • Buttered Bread

Friends Celebrating New Years Together ©DavideAngelini

Host a Vision Board/Housewarming Party

A housewarming party is an excellent way to introduce your new home to your loved ones and share the joy the new year brings. Invite friends and family to celebrate this milestone, and to make the gathering holiday-themed, create a vision board-making table! You can buy new magazines or print images and text for your guests. Make sure you have enough scissors, glue, and markers so each person can get creative. For those who would prefer a different activity, invite them to write down a list of New Year’s resolutions or a letter to themselves that will be opened a year later.

Share New Year’s Superstitions

Another fun activity to do with your loved ones is to review New Year’s Superstitions and complete as many as possible. Your guests will have fun safely throwing unwanted furniture and old clothes out the window, jumping off chairs, opening the windows and doors, and walking around with empty suitcases. Remember to research the origin of the superstitions and share your findings with the party. This activity is a great way to welcome the new year in a unique and memorable way!

Volunteering for New Year's ©Gorodenkoff
Donate to a Good Cause/Volunteer

If you’re not too keen on going to a New Year’s party or writing another list of resolutions, take a moment to extend a helping hand to someone in need. This can set a positive tone for the entire year ahead. Whether contributing to a local or national charity, supporting a cause close to your heart, or actively participating in community service, giving back benefits those in need and nurtures a sense of gratitude within ourselves – which is a great way to start the new year!

New-Neighbors-Meeting-Each-Other-in-the-New-Year ©Caftor

If you’ve recently moved into a Kerley Family Homes neighborhood, volunteering is another way to learn more about your new community. Consider inviting your neighbors to do something with your family to create more connections and get to know those around you. Contact our office for any additional information about your new home and community! Happy New Year from our family to yours!

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