Three steps to an inviting home.

Hey y’all! Happy Monday!! My kids are starting school today so I am down to one now. I have a third grader and a Pre- K kiddo as of this morning!

Now it’s just me and my 18 month old! We miss brother and sissy today, but we’re going to have some fun and count down the minutes until we can pick them up!

I was watching a show this morning on HGTV ( I know, everyone’s favorite!) and something caught my attention. A woman and her sister walked into a home and immediately commented on how it smelled. She said it smelled like cats. Do cats have a smell? I don’t know because I actually despise cats. Sorry cat lovers, but you won’t find me near those sketchy animals.

Anyways, she said it smelled like cats and the whole walk through of the house she couldn’t focus on the beauty of it, because all she smelled was cats. She was looking around trying to see where the cat’s liter boxes were, or climbing gyms, whatever they use, to see where the smell was coming from.

Ultimately, she didn’t pick that home because of that reason. I don’t blame her though, cats are gross.

It got me thinking though! What makes a house warm and inviting? I did a little research and found a few things that other people said makes them feel comfortable in someone else’s home.

1. Obviously, the smell.

Fresh, clean scents make your guests feel like they are walking into a well maintained home. They feel welcomed to sit down, not feel fearful of using your bathroom and feel confident eating good foods. It’s crazy right? How the smell of cotton can change people’s confidence in your home. I mean, sure, the smell of dirty diapers and cats pee is probably not the most inviting, “come stay at our home,” type of smell. So yeah, I get it. Go pick you up some febreeze room spray and some linen candles and get your home smelling like the laundry aisle at Target.

2. Blankets and Pillows. Yup, lots of them.

I read that when people see blankets and pillows around your home they feel more “invited” to come in, sit down, and feel relaxed. Makes sense, right? Just have a few areas around your home where your guests have the option to take a seat, grab a book and get cozy. If they are spending the night, you want them to feel comfortable if they couldn’t sleep, or wanted to just wind down and read a book. Helpful tip: homegoods is a great affordable store to find throw pillows and cozy, super soft throw blankets for that empty chair in the corner of your dining room. You’re welcome!

3. Pictures on the wall.

Seems obvious right? You wouldn’t believe how many people just don’t decorate their walls. When you walk into someone’s home and see cute signs, plants, and pictures from their family vacations from the last 7 years, you’re going to feel like you’re in a loving, family oriented home. Again, homegoods is a great store to get some 9.99 frames and “home sweet home” signs for your front door.

So there ya go, picture frames, blankets/pillows and a good smelling candle will really give your home the first impression you’re looking for.

Budget friendly stores Homegoods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Kirklands and Hobby Lobby. Also the target dollar spot is amazing!

Tip for kirklands: Download their spin to win app for discounts and deals!

Tips for hobby lobby: Their website has a 40% off coupon that you can use anytime on any full priced item.

I hope this helped you and vamped you up to drive over to target and grab a few cotton candles for your cozy reading corner that you haven’t made yet! Again, you’re welcome!

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