How to Make Your Home a Haven

What makes your home a haven? What makes it cozy, relaxed, or enjoyable to come home to? In a Pinterest-perfect world, you come home to a clean house, with little to no chores needing done or errands that need run, and your fridge is fully-stocked with exactly what you need to make your family a delicious + healthy meal? EH. Wrong answer, at least in my house. Ever since finding out that I’m pregnant, I have been struggling to keep up with my to-do-list, and the short list of things that actually do get accomplished, I can usually thank my husband for helping out with. I just don’t have the energy I did, and I am going to bed earlier, making the amount of time to get things done in the evenings shorter.

A “haven” can mean different things to different people. To me, it’s the overall vibe in the household. Is it peaceful? Is it happy? It is relaxing? Is it chaotic?

I’m learning that things that aren’t all that important can wait and that some things still have to get done in order to make my home run smoother. And there are some things I like to do to make my home feel more inviting and “homey.”

 Around the house, I like to keep it festive + fresh! You guys, when I have my house decorated for the seasons or a holiday, I feel like I’ve got my stuff 100% together. I’ll admit: I’m pretty festive! I love to decorate, celebrate, and plan parties. My husband recently re-did our old, red brick fireplace/mantle with stone, tile, and barnwood. I’ve had so much fun learning how to decorate it. I also love to switch out decorative pillows & throws with the seasons… it gives a little ‘oomph’ when you walk in the door. He is always (and I mean ALWAYS) working on some kind of renovation project at our house, so I just work around it.

  I also never go grocery shopping without a list! 9 times out of 10, I’ve got a fairly well-planned out list in hand when I walk into the store. I’ve tried doing it the other way– just buying random ingredients and hoping for the best when it comes to meal time and it just does not work for me. I ended up never having what I needed and making an excessive amount of grocery store trips per week. So now, I pick out a few recipes online, and make my list based on that. I don’t always stick to it completely, but it at least gives me something to go off of. It also makes evenings go smoother  for me and leaves the question of “what’s for dinner?” already answered!

Little things like lighting candles, keeping up with laundry, framing some photos and hanging them, and buying fresh flowers can easily spruce things up, set the tone, or make me feel more refreshed!

At the end of a long work day, I just want to be home…  And while I do like a clean house, it really doesn’t matter if there are dishes from this morning in the sink. Life isn’t perfect and despite the to-do’s and chores, I’m just thankful to come to my husband every day, mess, projects, and all!

What do you do to make your own home more “homey?” Comment below! Amanda and I would love to hear it!

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