Home should be a refuge from the rest of the world. Especially during trying times. Sharing my top 7 ways to make home the best place to be.
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**This post was originally written on March 15, 2020. As the year became much more than we all ever expected, I felt it was a good post to reshare.
Do you ever ask yourself, how can I make my house a better place? As a stay at home/work from home mom for over 20 years, I’ve come to be somewhat of an expert in making home the best place to be. Including a husband also working from home for the past 14 years. I love being at home and I have made it my goal to always make our home the one place we feel our best.
Over the years I have come to realize there are ways to make being at home special. Considering the current situation we are in as a country and world, I thought now is the perfect time to share those ways here on the blog.
7 Ways to Make Home the Best place to be
Good music is an instant mood booster. Play songs that make you feel energized, grateful, and happy. Bonus if they are songs you can sing along with. Try to mix it up too by having each family member choose a song.
Artists/Groups I enjoy
- Ben Rector
- John Mayer
- Tim McGraw
- Taylor Swift
- Kasey Musgraves
- Casting Crowns
- Mercy Me
What I like to say to my Amazon Echo… “Alexa, play”
- Coffee Shop Country
- Top Christian songs
- Rock Ballads
A clean home is good for your health and your attitude. Creating a home that is inviting and peaceful starts with cleaning. Depending on the current condition of your home you may need to do more than you wish BUT don’t let that discourage you. Just start. Try my organized cleaning arsenal.
Trying tidying your home before starting any projects. Whether it’s a DIY project or organization, tidy first, it is such a game changer.
Quick clean items that make a big difference
- Make your beds.
- Empty your sink.
- Do the laundry.
- Fold all of your blankets and stack neatly away.
- Put away all the items on the floor that don’t belong.
- 4 habits to become a ROCKSTAR homemaker
Living simple for me means getting clutter out of our home. I have written about clutter many times here on the blog because I believe it is so important how we live in our home. I am a firm believer in only having things in your home you love and need. If you don’t love it or need it, get rid of it.
Going crazy and trying to completely declutter your house all at once can be overwhelming. Try my declutter method first to stop making cutter worse before you go gangbusters on your home.
Here are a few of more declutter blog post to help you get started and encourage you to keep going.
Carving out a space to create or craft is one of my favorite things to do. We always encouraged creativity in our house. Creating is as simple as drawing, painting, or coloring in a coloring book. It can also be rearranging furniture, art or re-decorating book shelves. The best part, all of this can be done with children of most any age. Here are some of our Room Makeovers that may inspire you.
Make meal time special
One of my favorite things about home is making the everyday things special, especially meal time. It doesn’t cost any extra money but it makes for really great memories. I think I could write an entire blog post about this one topic. Instead I’ll share some of my favorite ideas below.
- Play music during breakfast.
- Set the table with a fun centerpiece.
- Use the a fancy glass to create a yogurt parfait.
- Give the kids a notepad and let them play waiter.
- Use the good dishes.
- Use real cloth napkins.
- Light candles.
Taking care of projects that you started is the perfect way to make your home better. Home should feel peaceful. Having lots of unfinished projects is overwhelming. Start with one thing and just get it done. If you come across something you started but have no desire to finish it, offer it to a friend or donate if it’s worth someone else’s time.
Dance, sing, work puzzles, play games, watch movies, talk, etc. Remember, as the mom you have the ability to set the tone in your home. You have the power to make your home the best place to be!
BONUS TIP from a reader of the blog:
“I really enjoyed reading this! Even at the age of 66, I’m still learning! Do you mind if I add one more thing? Every few weeks, open your home to an older person who is alone and probably lonely (that would be me). Some people have health issues that prevent them from going out much. By doing this, you are adding a different kind of element and a new kind of love to your home. Thank you! And please keep writing!!” ~Karen
To summarize how you can make home the best place to be:
- Make meal time special
- Finish projects
- Have fun