I hate fighting to keep my house feeling like home when mess starts taking over. I don’t know for sure, but I bet a lot of y’all are in the same boat. If so, here are some tips on improving the feel of your home that I put into practice.
Keep Your Home Clean
A good first step is to routinely pick up after yourself. The great thing about kids is that you can delegate chores to them and chalk it up to building their character. Do them a favor and have them clean your windows and dust your living space. This will help your house not feel like it’s been vacant for a month. Find a good time each day to keep up with at least one household task—you don’t need to clean everything in one day, but being consistent and making dents in your list of chores can make a difference.
Another tip to improve the feel of your home may be harder to notice. If you feel that something is wrong with your space but you can’t put your finger on it, adding balance may be the right fix. When you don’t have complementary furniture, artwork, or decor to offset big pieces of furniture, your rooms may be putting you off because of how your brain processes the world. There are many ways to add architectural balance to your home, but you can start by simply identifying excessive bare space and finding a use for it.
Change Up Your Windows
Your home’s lighting probably affects you more than you know. I once had these dark maroon curtains on my windows that choked out all the light. They made everything way too dark and serious. I replaced them with cream-colored curtains that let some of the light filter through, and the difference was like night and day. By that, I mean the day no longer felt like night. Consider replacing dark curtains or restrictive blinds to let more light into your home. You can even set a reminder to open your curtain or blinds during the day, too.
Add Colorful Decorations
Add some pop by incorporating bright spots of color that will attract attention. Put up your favorite artwork, that piece that makes you think a lot or feel happy. Think about buying small potted plants, too—there’s nothing like actual life to make a home feel lively. To top it off, get some tasty mint and caramel candies to put on your family room table.