Last Sunday I shared a quote I found online that said “There’s nothing like staying home for real comfort.” Remember the definition of beauty that I shared in the very post of this series? Being at home should bring us that kind of comfort and satisfaction.
Let’s talk about how we can achieve that in our homes. It’s not about the stuff so much as it is about the setting. With that in mind, here are 8 ways to make your house feel like home.
Scent – whether that’s the smell of dinner cooking, a freshly cleaned home or your favorite candle, scents evoke comfort.
Smile at each other. Laugh together. There’s nothing as satisfying and healing as laughter.
Structure – we all thrive on some semblance of structure. A routine makes us feel safe.
Reduce stress by having a system in place. Menu planning, calendars, daily planners and home management binders all help reduce stress. Be sure to visit yesterday’s post and enter to win a home management binder kit.
Organization – Having a place for everything and everything in its place brings a sense of order. When things are in order, we feel calm.
Space – Everyone needs a space to call their own, to retreat to. Mr. Hines likes to retreat to the chaise lounge and read in the quiet of our bedroom. We use a bedroom as a teen lounge so that Hannah and her friends have a place to giggle and talk about boys. And, I love being tucked away in my office/sewing area.
Personalize – with photos, momentos, scrapbooks, monograms, personal items like children’s artwork, childhood belongings…anything that has meaning to your family.
Traditions – establishing traditions is a great way to bond and form lasting memories. Tomorrow I’m going to share several ideas for traditions you can start now.
See you in class,
Yesterday, we talked about the importance of taking care of our needs so that we can be our best and do our best. Today in the “Love the Home You’re With” series, we’re going to talk about meeting the needs of our family. I LOVE what Helena said in her post, Home Management or […]
So far in the Love the Home You’re With series, we’ve organized, cleaned and decorated. This week, we’re going to talk about home management…everything from starting a home management binder to establishing traditions to making our house feel like home. But before we do, we’re going to talk about the most important thing we […]
I saw this quote on Facebook today. And I thought, “Amen,” especially when you love the home you’re with. Wishing you the comforts of home. See you in class,
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