A house is just four walls and a roof – a place to find shelter from the elements – but it can be so much more than that. It can also be a refuge from the storms of life, a safe place for you and each of your family members to find rest and peace. But how do you make your house a true home? Here are five places to start:
- Surround yourself with things you love. This may seem obvious, but a lot of people try to decorate their houses in the latest style or trend, oblivious to the fact that they need personal effects around them. Photos of loved ones, mementos from special trips, family heirlooms passed down for generations – these are the things that should make up a home’s décor.
- Declutter. You may not see the connection between getting rid of stuff and having a house that feels like a home, but think about this: less clutter leads to less stress. And less stress leads to more breathing room, which in turn lends a sense of calm to a living space.
- Make it a refuge for everyone. A house is only a truly home if every person who lives there feels safe and protected. Ask your spouse, your children, and anyone else who resides in your house what you can do to make your space feel comfortable and welcoming.
- Take time for memory making. Another huge way to make a house feel like a home is to foster a sense of love and connectedness among everyone who lives there. It’s far too easy to get swept up in the busyness of life – but be determined not to do it. Put time together on the calendar if you have to (e.g., weekly family game nights) and take time to do the little things together, like baking cookies.
- Don’t be worried about a little mess. If you’re constantly concerned with the dirt your kids are tracking in, or the way your husband leaves his tie on the couch after a long day of work, you’ll miss the material point – that a home should be somewhere people can relax, play, and ultimately, thrive. Yes, there are limits and boundaries to making a mess, but don’t sweat the small stuff.
This post was written by David Shapiro. David is a marketing specialist for moving companies such as Allied Van Lines, enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and biking in the Arizona sun.