With the holidays here, neighbors, friends and family will be dropping by more than usual. Here are some ways to make your home and experiences more pleasant, and make everyone more comfortable. These are good ways to make your house more inviting the whole year too.
1. Light, light, light. This is the biggest way to make your home feel inviting. Lights on the outside of your house, are the first way. Keep your front lights on in the evenings. During the day, open you blinds and let in as much natural light as you can. Having your home well lit will draw people in, and make them feel welcome.
2. Keep the main rooms clean, and free from clutter. If you come in to a messy house, or worse, a “dirty” house, you don’t want to stay. You’re ready to leave as soon as you get there. If you have a hard time keeping your house clean, then try a little harder in the main entry way, and in the rooms where people hang out. They won’t know about the pile of laundry on your bed, and they’ll feel more welcome.
3. Keep your house smelling good. You don’t have to cook all day, there are plenty of air fresheners that work really well. You don’t have to put in a new one everyday, but if you’re expecting people, that would be a great time. It really makes a big difference if your house smells nice.
4. Be welcoming. This is one of the biggest ones. I’ve been into a lot of people’s homes, and I ALWAYS have people in my home. Feeling welcome is everything! When someone comes to the door, turn the lights on first, invite them in, (if you know them) and ask them questions about themselves. This will let them know you care, and can break the ice of them feeling uncomfortable about being in your home.
5. Have something for the little ones. If you know your friends with children are coming over. Make sure they have a place to play. If there isn’t some place or something to play with, they are going to play with the stuff you don’t want them to. Have some toys for them, or snacks, or a little activity. You will be surprised how smoothly the visit will go.
6. Have pillows on your couch. Not too many, just enough to give your home a more cozy, inviting feel. That way you can have them to support peoples back, or just to sit with.
You’ll be surprised how much nicer a visit will be, and how much more comfortable things are with others if you do these little things.