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Over the past year and a half, we’ve been renovating our house. I had always heard the cheesy sayings about a house being a place you reside, and a home is a place you love to be. I honestly don’t think I understood it until we renovated!
Our house has transformed into a place that feels more like us. It’s become a place we truly love and want to be! We’ve done a few things that transformed our residence and made our house feel like our home.
It’s also become a place I feel the need to protect even greater! We’ve made some simple updates to enjoy where we live even more, and feel safer at home too!
Along the way, I learned it doesn’t take a full remodel for these feelings to take shape.
Here are 5 Ways to Make Your House Feel More Like a Home
Five easy things everyone should do to help create a home you love.
Make at Least One Space Feel Like You
Trends come and go with homes, but most people have some style or vibe they really love. It doesn’t take a ton of time or money to grab a few things that really feel like you. My professional interior designer friend told me to buy one thing that you love and build around that. Get a lamp you think is amazing. Buy that rug. Whatever it is, get one item that’s truly you. Then, add a few more things to make it feel like a completed space.
I’d recommend doing this in the area you spend the most time in. It helps you love where you live, and it feels like your own home.
Even if you can’t afford to do the entire home, do a room you know you’ll love. Ignore trends and do what makes you happy! I know white walls can feel plain to so many, but I knew the crisp feel would brighten up my space. That cheery, open possibilities vibe is just what I needed!
Choose an accent wall, a room, or save up and paint your space to reflect colors that will achieve the vibes you want to feel.
Don’t Forget Safety
I’ll never forget a younger sibling moving into an apartment and calling me a week later worried he smelled gas and asked what to do. It’s made me think of the need to prioritize safety and protect your space! I believe in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs that says we need our basic needs met before we can satisfy our emotional and social needs. Safety is an important need to protect! You should feel safe in the place you reside. Did you know 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms?
Make sure your home is safe and protected with these safety tips!
Here are two things your home needs:
– Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
We love First Alert’s 10-Year Sealed Battery Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm. We’ve used First Alert since we bought this home! Their alarms are easy to install and the battery lasts for 10 years! After 10 ten years, replace the alarms completely but remember to still test your alarms regularly. Be sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level and in every bedroom of your home. It’s easy to remember every level, every bedroom! And replace those batteries every six months. That’s another reason we love First Alert’s 10-Year Sealed Battery Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm, it eliminates battery replacements for a decade!
– Have a Fire Extinguisher on Every Level of the Home
We’ve spent the most amount of time and money on our kitchen remodel. And it’s made me appreciate the heart of our home even more! I feel so protective of this space! Did you know the #1 cause of home fires is unattended cooking? Be sure there’s a fire extinguisher within reach like the First Alert Rechargeable Home Fire Extinguisher. Keep them in common places like the kitchen, laundry room, garage, or by the grill to help be prepared.
There’s one more step than just keeping them nearby to protect your spaces; make sure you know how to use them!
How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
An easy way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher is with the acronym P.A.S.S.
P – Pull the pin
A- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire
S- Squeeze the trigger
S- Sweep from side to side
First Alert has a Whole Home Safety Checklist to help you protect your home and family as you make a fire safety plan.
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Don’t Forget Comfort
When many people design their spaces, they go with aesthetics first. I’m team love to look at it too! But when it comes to couches, beds, chairs, and basically anywhere I’ll sit or relax, I’m team comfort first. You need to feel cozy and comfortable. You’re going to need a place to relax. Feel free to include aesthetics, but let it take second place to comfort. Use pieces you’ll love and use those that love you back.
Make A Layout Functional
When we bought our house, I was seven months pregnant. We immediately thought through what middle-of-the-night wake-up calls would look like. One year later, we thought about toddler safety and baby-friendly setups.
I think every year it’s a good time to stop and think about your furniture and setup and make sure it’s working for you and your family!
If you know you use the living space for tv and movie watching, set up so you’ve optimized it. If you love to read, don’t even hesitate to make your layout prioritize reading.
It’s your house, and it deserves to feel like your home and work for you.
We hope these help inspire you to love your house a little more and to make it feel more like your home, and one worth protecting!
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