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Quick, look around your home. How do you feel about it? Do you like your home? Or do you daydream of moving or making over your living space? Does your home reflect your personality? Is it a place where you feel at home and your guests feel welcome? Over the last several months, I have been on a mission to make my home a place that I enjoy. I want my home to be a place that reflects me, brings my family joy, and invites our family and friends in and makes them feel welcome. But how do we do that? I am here to share with you how I create a naturally inviting home, and the simple things you can do to create a home you love as well.
It all started with my addiction to home improvement shows. I was watching all these gorgeous homes that were designed by professional designers and flippers and I was a bit jealous. Here we were, stuck in a small 3-bedroom, 2-bath rental with 5 people, and all of these gorgeous homes were making me realize how unhappy I was with my space. We still have a few years left in our rental before we are ready to buy or build our own home, but I was becoming more stressed by our living situation every day.
During this time, I thought of my friend’s homes that I love to visit. One in particular came to mind. She has lived in multiple homes since we’ve known each other, some rentals, some she has owned. She has lived in a tiny 2-bedroom apartment with 4 kids, and a large 5,000 square foot home. Each homes has always felt welcoming, inviting and beautiful. I realized I don’t have to have the home of my dreams to create a space that I love, and a space that welcomes my guests and makes them feel comfortable. Now, I have a home I love, and it didn’t break my budget or require me moving.
Create A Naturally Inviting Home You Love
- Clear the clutter. This is definitely the first step to helping create an inviting home you love. When you have a lot of extra stuff, especially stuff that doesn’t have a proper place, you can start to feel closed in. Your space feels smaller and disorganized. Clearing out items you no longer need, items that no longer bring joy to your home, and items that don’t have a purpose will help your home feel more spacious and will also give you a sense of feeling free.
- Create a cleaning schedule that actually fits your lifestyle. With one-year-old twins and a six year old, my house often looks like a toy store exploded in it. I can barely keep my house picked up and vacuumed every day, forget deep cleaning. I have found that finding a cleaning schedule that fits with our lifestyle is important. I am not able to deep clean my entire house every day, but I can focus on one room every couple of days. One of the chores that is most important to me is keeping up on dishes and keeping my kitchen clean. I get flustered very easily when it comes time to cook and my kitchen is not clean and my counters are not wiped down.
- Rearrange your furniture. I have been known to rearrange our home and the furniture a lot. One Christmas season I decided our living room was a little closed in and my husband came home to find that I had not only moved the furniture, but the fully decorated 8 foot Christmas tree all by myself. When rearranging your furniture, think of how it will work for the flow of your home, conversation with guests, and also how big or small it makes your home feel.
- Make your home smell wonderful. The power of aroma is amazing. A smell can trigger a memory, make you feel relaxed, and even make you feel at home. While I love a clean home, I do not like the strong smell of most commercial cleaners. I picked up Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products at my local Fred Meyer. I love that not only do the cleaning products smell wonderful (my personal favorite is the lavender scent) but that you can purchase the same scent in all of your favorite Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products. From the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Dish Soap, to Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner, and even Laundry Detergent. My husband won’t walk down the cleaning aisle at the store because there are too many smells, so he loves that I can unify all the scents and create a clean, great smelling home. A little extra tip– while I love the lavender scented products, and I love to keep the smells consistent, I adore the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Lemon Verbena Hand Soap in my kitchen, especially for washing my hands after cooking with onions or garlic.
- Make your home decor reflect your personality. This is probably one of my favorite things to tell people. I live in a rental that is very cookie cutter. My choice in decor has been key in personalizing my space and making it feel welcoming. I found putting up items I love, like vacation photos, pretty candles, and knick-knacks brings me joy. Living in a rental, I have not been able to paint our white walls, but I have found painting our furniture is a great alternative. Last summer I wanted to add more fun colors to our home and I painted our dining room table. I love my dining room now and my friends have complimented me on my dining room table a ton. They said it makes my home unique and cheerful and reflects my personality. It is the small details in your home that will make it a place you love, and somewhere that your guests feel welcome.
- Make your guest areas inviting. I recently went to a bridal party at a young gal’s home. She had a gorgeous home, but when you went into the guest bathroom, it was completely empty. No decor at all, not even a hand towel for her guests to use. I understand that a bathroom is not a room that needs a full makeover, but it is amazing what a few simple (and inexpensive) touches can do to create a welcoming environment. I love how adding a simple jar of pebbles, a nice clean white hand towel and an amazing Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Lavender Hand Soap can make my once bare guest bathroom a little more welcoming. The fact that I chose a wonderfully scented hand soap, that contains aloe vera gel, olive oil and a unique blend of natural essential oils and plant-derived ingredients, will make my guests feel a little pampered.
- Add small details for a big impact. You do not have to go buy all new furniture or expensive artwork to hang on your walls. Sometimes small details will make the biggest impact on making your home inviting. An area rug can make a room with hardwood flooring feel warm and cozy. Candles (and my favorite are the flameless ones) can create a warm glow in a home that does not have a fireplace. Simple little touches can make a world of difference.
- Let go of the idea of perfection. We are all real people. Nobody has a home that is 100% in order all of the time. Especially if they have kids. Sometimes we think our home needs to be perfect, but really, I enjoy going over to a friend’s home and knowing it is lived in. Do we want our homes generally clean? Of course. Are our friends going to refuse to come over simply because you have a stack of mail on your counter or your kids dragged a few toys out in the living room? I hope not. Our homes are where we live and we should feel comfortable, as well as our guests. If you are constantly stressed about making your home spotless, you will never get to enjoy it.
If there is anything I have learned it is that making our home a place that we enjoy is the most important thing. If our home is inviting to us and our guests, it won’t matter if it isn’t as big as you would like or if the walls are not painted the perfect shade.
If you are interested in picking up the amazing Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products I mentioned in this post, head to your local Fred Meyer store. The products can be found in the cleaning aisle or the Live Naturally section. That means not only are you cleaning your home with products that work well and smell great, you are using products that are phosphate-free, contain natural essential oils, and are not tested on animals.
What are some of the ways you create an inviting home? Leave a comment below with your answer and then be sure to check out Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® on pinterest for even more ideas on cleaning and enjoying your home.