8 of the Best Ways to Make Your House Feel Like a Home

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This post about the best ways to make your house feel like a home is the final in a series of homemaking posts that will be going live over the next several days.

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There is nothing more comforting than home. However, I think that we can agree that home is not so much a place as it is a feeling.

It takes time to turn a house into a home and a place where you can totally relax.

As a mom, I love the idea of making home feel like a really special place for my children.

A place where they can relax and feel themselves.

But what is it exactly that makes it feel like a home and how can you improve on it?

Below are the things that have helped me and I hope they can help you too!

#1 Have a Routine

It really is the little things that count when it comes to making your home a place of comfort.

Having a routine will not only help things to tick along more smoothly but it’ll give your family a sense of security and comfort.

If this is something that you struggle with, check out this course from Hillary at Pulling Curls. She takes moms through how to simplify and automate the chores in their lives.

Seriously, it is worth looking at! Find it HERE.

In our home during the winter months, I make a point to draw the curtains somewhere between 4:30-5 PM before it gets really dark.

It helps to keep the heat in and is a signal that the evening has started.

I sometimes light a candle or diffuse some essential oils and even put some quiet music on.

It sets a kind of tone that helps everyone to relax.

#2 Make it Cozy

Making your home feel cozy isn’t really that difficult at all.

You can do it using things that will appeal to the senses. So think of aromas that are soothing, sounds that are uplifting, and textures are pretty and comfortable.

Here are some simple ideas that you can implement easily and right away:

#3 Make it Smell Good

I go between using candles and diffusers but there are also things like plug-in aromas.

Personally, I love peppermint essential oil because it is both crips and sweet.

However, the soft light of a candle really makes things cozy as well so I often will use candles with a scent like salted caramel or vanilla.

How often do you smell something and it brings back a certain memory?

Think about how you can create that same effect by having certain aromas in your home on a regular basis.

#4 Use Soft Furnishings

A home general feels stark and sterile without the touch of soft furnishings.

I’m a sucker for cushions and throws because they just make everything look so pretty and comfy.

Don’t stop there though, drapes and rugs are also important and will definitely add to the cozy factor.

Plus, you will get to let your personality shine by being able to choose furnishings that really reflect your taste.

Go through the rooms in your home where you spend the most time and think about simple furnishings that you could add to make it feel more cozy.

#5 Put Up Pictures

Adding pictures to your home will definitely add to the comfort factor.

It is a chance to share your favorite memories while also being a great piece of decor.

Gallery walls are my favorite for doing this because you can showcase a bunch of photos and memorabilia without it looking cluttered or disorganized.

If you’re like me and struggle to remember to print photos, try and make it a monthly habit.

Set a reminder on your phone and add it to your to-do list. You’ll not regret framing photos of your family and friends.

#6 Add Plants

Plants add life to a room in both a decorative and physical sense.

They are good for the air and are pleasing to the eye.

If you are the kind of person that really struggles to keep plants alive, then at the very least invest in some good quality artificial plants like these to add to your rooms.

#7 Add Lamps

Lamps are great from a decorative perspective because they add height to spaces.

They’re perfect for filling up corners that would otherwise be dead space.

However, they’re also amazing for making things cozy.

Use them in the evenings to create a nice relaxed vibe for your family. I bet you’ll enjoy it too!

Table Lamps

Put table lamps next to chairs where it is natural to want to curl up with a good book or quiet activity.

Bedside Lamps

Bedside lamps can add drama to the room if you decide to go with something tall or sparkly.

Either way, they’re also great for creating a relaxing ambience before retiring for the night.

Floor Lamps

I love a good floor lamp for the height that it gives, but they’re also usually great for filling up small spaces that would otherwise just collect dust.

#8 Clean Up

No one needs to live in a spotless home, but a home that is uncluttered and generally clean really does feel good.

Set a regular cleaning schedule (find my easy one HERE) and stick to it so that your home feels taken care of.

Your children may not seem to appreciate it, but it really does make an impact.

It doesn’t have to consume your day either. You can actually get your house clean pretty fast by following the steps in this post.

Even with all the above recommendations, the thing that makes a house really feel like home is the love that abides there.

Love your family, love your space, and enjoy your home!

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