Homes have atmospheres. They come in all sizes and shapes, and can be made of brick, wood or stone, but it is not what is on the outside that is important. It is not even the quality of the furnishings or the expensive neighborhood that make a home beautiful.
A home radiates the mood and character of the family who dwells there. A home can feel warm and inviting; or stuffy and uncomfortable. It is the woman of the house that exudes her heart and soul into her surrounding to provide a welcome place of contentment for her family, and friends.
Home is Where Your Heart is. It should reflect your inner beauty.
In general, most men are not too concerned about their surroundings (just look at an average bachelor’s pad). So your husband may not be able to offer you much advise on decorating. But men do enjoy the home that has a charming “woman’s touch”.
Here are a few basics ways you can turn your home into a warm and loving environment.
1. Make People Feel Welcome.
Keep your home in a state of readiness to accept visitors at any time. You don’t have to be a “clean freak”, just keep it clean, tidy, and inviting. Most importantly you want your husband and children to enjoy coming home, and feel like there is no place else they would rather be.
2. Fill your Home with Sweet Aromas.
You do not want your house to smell like a hospital, the smell of cleaning products is not inviting! So after cleaning you can sweeten the air with scented candles, incense, or heat up some potpourri on the stove before guest arrive, or family comes home. Just don’t over do it, too much fragrance can have the opposite affect. You just want a light, subtil aroma in the air.
3. Keep your Home Organized.
Clutter causes confusion and frustration not only for you, but your family and guests. Keeping your home well organized is important. Children need to learn from a small age to pickup their rooms, but parents need to practice what they preach. On the other hand you don’t want to have such a tight ship that no one feels comfortable either. I’ve been in homes where they don’t want you to sit on their expensive couch or walk on their newly laid carpet. What about the people who live there? You don’t want your house to be a museum! If things get broken or soiled “oh well” it happens. Just teach kids to have respect for each others things, and you won’t have to worry.
4. Eat Meals Together.
Life is hectic, and families are always on the go, but taking time to have full sit down dinners together regularly will bond your relationships with spouse and kids, and bring unity to your household. Invite extended family and friends over for dinner once in a while, it will break up the day-to-day routine and make those times happy and memorable experiences.
5. Make Room for Improvement. I don’t mean tear down walls and renovate your entire home. In your mind picture what you would like your home to be, not just in appearance, but how you want people to feel when they enter your home. Think about others homes that you feel comfortable in and what makes them so warm and inviting. Then make a list of little things you could improve on, and start making gradual changes, as you can afford to. You don’t want to make too many drastic changes as it will upset your family’s stability and your budget. Slight changes for the better will be welcome.
Remember your home is a reflection of your heart!