Creating A Welcoming Home

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Creating a welcoming home is the goal of everyone around the holidays.  The holiday season brings more people then ever into the home, and every host or hostess wants to make a good impression, and make their guests feel comfortable.  There are many simple things you can do at this time of year to create a wonderful atmosphere in your home.
First off, you want to ensure that you are starting with a clean slate.  So take the time to clean your house throughly.  Don’t let this task overwhelm you, just work on something for fifteen minute blocks of time, then either continue or move on to something else.  Get rid of the extra junk we tend to collect over the course of the year, and thin down your possessions.  Clutter makes it difficult to create any atmosphere besides tension.  Consider this a spring cleaning of sorts.
The goal is to have the major public rooms of the house completely clutter free.  Clear off any flat surface that has things on it, even if you have to temporarily throw it in a box or drawer for now.  The only things that should be on flat surfaces are holiday decorations, and for year round, a few knick-knacks that you love, photos, etc.  Don’t overdo it, even decorations can become clutter.  Better to have too few then too many!  Make sure you check furniture placement as well.  How is the seating arranged?  Will people have to shout to be heard?  This is a great time to try a new furniture arrangement.
Enter the rooms that will be used for the holiday party and check the atmosphere.  How does the room feel to you?  You should feel comfortable, warm and fuzzy, welcome in any room of your house.  The whole house should scream kick off your shoes and stay awhile.  If it doesn’t, take a look around.  What draws your attention?  It might be that the room needs a new coat of paint, or the mismatched furniture jars on your nerves.  Everyone is different.  Every room is capable of feeling welcoming without going to through expensive renovations and furniture purchase.  Change the photographs or art work on the walls, add slip covers or throws to furniture, remove some furniture, there are hundreds of cheaper ways to change the atmosphere of a room.  Try it with and without holiday decorations as well, since seeing reminders that Christmas is just around the corner, or another year has gone by, might be what’s destroying the room’s atmosphere for you.  Remember that your home is a reflection of you, not the other way around.  Now go enjoy your nice, welcoming home, and be proud of all the work you did!

Creating a welcoming home is the goal of everyone around the holidays.  The holiday season brings more people then ever into the home, and every host or hostess wants to make a good impression, and make their guests feel comfortable.  There are many simple things you can do at this time of year to create a wonderful atmosphere in your home.

First off, you want to ensure that you are starting with a clean slate.  So take the time to clean your house throughly.  Don’t let this task overwhelm you, just work on something for fifteen minute blocks of time, then either continue or move on to something else.  Get rid of the extra junk we tend to collect over the course of the year, and thin down your possessions.  Clutter makes it difficult to create any atmosphere besides tension.  Consider this a spring cleaning of sorts.

The goal is to have the major public rooms of the house completely clutter free.  Clear off any flat surface that has things on it, even if you have to temporarily throw it in a box or drawer for now.  The only things that should be on flat surfaces are holiday decorations, and for year round, a few knick-knacks that you love, photos, etc.  Don’t overdo it, even decorations can become clutter.  Better to have too few then too many!  Make sure you check furniture placement as well.  How is the seating arranged?  Will people have to shout to be heard?  This is a great time to try a new furniture arrangement.

Enter the rooms that will be used for the holiday party and check the atmosphere.  How does the room feel to you?  You should feel comfortable, warm and fuzzy, welcome in any room of your house.  The whole house should scream kick off your shoes and stay awhile.  If it doesn’t, take a look around.  What draws your attention?  It might be that the room needs a new coat of paint, or the mismatched furniture jars on your nerves.  Everyone is different.  Every room is capable of feeling welcoming without going to through expensive renovations and furniture purchase.  Change the photographs or art work on the walls, add slip covers or throws to furniture, remove some furniture, there are hundreds of cheaper ways to change the atmosphere of a room.  Try it with and without holiday decorations as well, since seeing reminders that Christmas is just around the corner, or another year has gone by, might be what’s destroying the room’s atmosphere for you.  Remember that your home is a reflection of you, not the other way around.  Now go enjoy your nice, welcoming home, and be proud of all the work you did!

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