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As soon as someone walks through the door of your home they get a sense of how you have created the space. Making sure that your home feels inviting is important for when guests come over or people enter your home.
It’s also handy to understand how to make your home feel welcoming when it’s ready to be sold. The task of making your home feel welcoming, comfortable and stylish can seem daunting, especially if you’re in the process of moving or starting over somewhere new. Even entertaining guests during busy times of the year can overshadow seeing the overall welcoming picture of your home. We have some tips for you to help you make sure that every person who walks through the doors of your home feels welcome and cozy inside its walls.
Start with the Entryway
The absolute first impression of your home that people get other than the outside appearance is that of the entryway. The minute people walk through the front door, they’re getting a sense of your home and property. There’s certain accessories that you can add for a simple touch that can make a big difference in the way your home is portrayed. Depending on how your entryway is set up, there are small pieces that you can use to give the entryway of your home an instant feeling of being inviting.
An example of an effective accessory would be a grandfather clock, which is stately and has a charming touch. A rug or succession of rugs also gives a sense of warmth and can add a lot to an entryway. This is particularly useful for homes in colder climates. It’s also important to make practical use of mirrors and lighting in your home’s entryway. If the entryway is a porch, a classic bench is a great piece to make visitors feel like they’re right at home.
Entice the Senses
Once visitors get inside your home, there are several small ways that make an impact on how guests feel inside of your home. Candles are a small touch that work quite well. Since our senses help us make associations, candles with the scent of flowers, cookies, or even cinnamon are a great way to help visitors feel welcome. These scents are very much associated with the feeling of “home.” Many times, it’s effective to burn these types of candles while an open house is going on. The small touch helps to further entice interested buyers.
Keep Delicate Items To A Minimum
When you’re in a museum or a china store, you often feel like you can’t walk around because you’re afraid of breaking something. While it’s certainly acceptable to have nice things in your home, you don’t want anyone walking around it to feel as if they’re in a museum. Part of developing a welcoming feeling in your home is making sure people actually feel comfortable there. These are some thoughts on how to give your home an inviting touch. Now, over to you- what makes you feel welcome in a home?
You've spent years planning to retire. During challenging times at work, you pacify yourself with images of yourself fishing, writing that next great novel, bike riding or relaxing by a swimming pool. It's during these challenging times that you long for retirement.
Retirement may not turn out to be what you expect
Before long, you've convinced yourself that you will be your absolute happiest after you retire. Work becomes the enemy, the very thing that you believe is keeping you from the happiness that you deserve. But, are you really ready to retire?
Despite what you might believe about how well adjusted you will automatically be during retirement, that's not often what happens when people retire. In fact, after they retire many people feel out of balance, unfocused, uncertain and sad.
Liberated, free, hopeful and peaceful are other emotions that people experience after they retire. Going back to the less welcomed emotions, feelings like sadness and uncertainty, when you retire you let go of daily patterns that you engaged in for years.
As much as you may have wished to not have to go to work, it was work that gave you a sense of purpose. Work might have caused you to feel safe, as if you knew what was coming next. Retire and those feelings of purpose and safety may go away.
Turn your house into a place where you grow into retirement
It's during retirement that you also might become inactive. Sleeping in later isn't the only change that you might ease into during retirement. You actually might cut back on exercise. That normal morning jog or brisk walk might disappear.
Weight gain is only one drawback to this type of reduced physical activity. Boredom, frustration and depression are others. Yet, this does not have to happen. Your house could prove to be an unexpected ally in your pursuit of a rewarding and exciting retirement, the type of retirement that finds you staying engaged in life, continually learning.
Here's how you could use your house to make retiring easier:
- Convert an extra bedroom into a home office. Start a service that's directly related to a passion. For example, you could create original oil paintings in your home office. You could also write a local newspaper column out of your home office.
- Stick to your morning exercise routine. If you don't exercise, consider starting. Climb stairs at your house. Walk or jog on a treadmill right inside the comforts of your home.
- Set a sleep routine. Avoid staying up until the wee hours of the morning.
- Eat a healthy diet of fresh vegetables and fruit.Also, drink plenty of fresh, clean water.
- Entertain guests at your home. Instead of turning down requests from relatives to visit, invite family to spend a few days at your place.
- Get outdoors and work in your yard and garden.
- Perform house maintenance work on your home yourself. It'll save you money and help you to get to know your house better.
By staying active, both physically and mentally, you could enjoy a smoother transition from tradition work into retirement. Other ways to make retiring easier include pursuing personal hobbies or passions, traveling, getting involved with local charities or spending more time with family.
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