Five quick tips on how to make a house a home.
Many things make us feel at home. The flooring, the wall color, new windows, new furniture. All of those things are awesome, but they aren’t the easiest or cheapest changes to make to your home. Today, I am talking about the little things you can do to make your house feel like a home. Best of all they are easy and frugal to boot!
How to Make a House a Home
Flowers or Greenery
Having something fresh and living (besides people of course) always gives a home a nice homey feeling. I opt for flowers since they don’t need as much upkeep. Fake plants and flowers are always an alternative if you have a black thumb. Flowers provide a nice pop of color and variety to your decor. And I have had excellent luck with our grocery store florist so I get amazing flowers at a cheap price.
Keep Things Tidy
If you have children under the age of 5, you can skip this suggestion 😉 Give yourself some grace and know your home won’t be as neat and tidy as you would like. Do what you can and embrace the chaos of the moment.
It is my opinion a home should feel lived in, not like a pristine hotel room. Yes, you need to make time to clean your home. And yes you need to make sure your kids help around the house. I’m talking about simple things: keeping the toys put away or the dishes done. We all have that ONE thing that makes you feel on edge if you do not do it. That is what I mean about keeping things tidy.
Ask your Husband
You know what makes your childhood home feel like home. What about your husband? You know your husband very well, but you didn’t grow up in his house. Ask him what about his childhood home made it feel like home. I could be a certain smell. Or throw pillows and blankets in the living room. Or maybe he has suggestions about helping the state of your home. Like rearranging the living room or decluttering the kitchen. Making small changes can make a big difference and little things mean the most. My husband works outside. He is out in the heat of the summer and the cold of winter. He loves coming home to an ice-cold house in the summer or a warm, welcoming house during the long, cold Wisconsin winters.
Make your Bedroom a Sanctuary
At some point anyway. Again, parents with littles I understand. It’s hard to claim your bedroom as your own. I coslept with my oldest daughter until she was done breastfeeding, and our youngest slept in our room until she was sleeping through the night and could share a room with her sister. It’s so easy for our bedrooms to be a dumping ground for laundry, electronics, and piles of books. Commit to clearing your bedroom of junk and create a sanctuary space. You will sleep so much better at night!
Artwork and Photos
Art on the walls is an excellent way to cure bare walls, but isn’t as time-consuming as painting the wall. Hanging photos on the wall or displaying them throughout the house makes a home feel lived in and alive. Art and photos do not have to be expensive either! My husband got a stack of free art from a print shop because they were misprinted. Check coupon sites for deals on photo processing, frames, and canvas prints. We made frameless prints with tagboard and art supplies for one wall. We also bought frames from the dollar spot at Target to make our family photo wall. Or if you can never think of gifts for people to get you on birthdays and Christmas, a canvas print or large frame of your family is always an excellent idea.
Wendy Wunder wrote “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” Your house is more than just a place to live. It is your home. You should always feel comfortable, cozy, and at peace when you are home. These 5 small tricks have helped me make our house of 10 plus years into a place for all of us to call home.