Tuesday, March 9, 2010

10 Simple Ideas For a Welcoming Home



I Can Do TODAY To Make My Home More Welcoming:

1) Sweep the front porch/entryway. Time to get rid of the winter dust & dirt and get ready to welcome spring!

2) Put some pretty flowers in the kitchen! I love to have at least one "live" thing in each room -- a plant, flowers, fruit, shells, etc. This will add SO much to your space!

3) Call a friend and make a date to have her over for a casual, fun time. It can be a spur-of-the-moment coffee time while kids play around you, or you can do a simple meal with both families and serve a big pot of chili, salad & cornbread -- perfect for an end of winter get together! Hospitality comes from the heart, not from having a perfect house, so warmly welcome your friend and let her know she's "Welcome" at your home anytime!

4) Go through that pile of papers on the counter -- you know the one! LOL!! What a weight that will be off your (& my!) shoulders. Plus think of the added space you'll have without the mess there!

5) Pick a corner of one room and work your Welcoming Magic! Add a comfy throw, change out a pillow, switch accessories, place a framed picture, or put a favorite book or magazine nearby.... Just focus on one small area and see the big difference it will make! Ahhhh!!

6) Have a positive attitude! You know, If Mama Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy is so true! Greet others with a smile, a hug & a cheery "Hello! I'm so glad to see you!".

7) Pick one room and just think on it for a bit to see how it could work better for your family and friends needs. Maybe you could use an extra chair in the living room for seating more friends, maybe board games could be moved to be more easily accessible for game nights, maybe the formal dining room you use once a year (what a shame!) could be made more casual for more frequent get-togethers or even be turned into a craft room (depending on your needs!). Take today to just brainstorm. Then, try to use what you have already to reach your goal!

8) Write a "love note" for each family member and place it on their pillow for a little Sweet Goodnight Surprise!

9) Light a candle & enjoy the wonderful scent and warm glow as you go about your day!

10) When you step outside make sure to give your neighbors a wave & a smile!


Hope you all have a blessed day! I'm going to be working in my kitchen (the new cabinets are in!) and working on some of these welcoming touches for my own family! :)

P.S. -- I'd love to shout out a big ol' "Welcome!" to our new friends/followers here at The Blessed Nest! I'm so happy to have you here! Please make yourselves at home and don't be shy, come & visit & share with us often!! :)

13 comments:

Stacey said...

All great ideas! I think I've worked on each of them this week.

southerninspiration said...

Some great ideas......how's the kitchen coming?
I am working on some of these ideas myself...cleaning all the glass surfaces today! :D

Suzanne

Amber B. said...

Love those ideas. And your new haircut looks awesome. :-) Can't wait to see the kitchen.

Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

stacey~

great ideas!!! now i can't wait to do a few of them. as i sit here typing, i've got candles burning and i'm just taking a break from cleaning.... so i'm working on it!

i LOVE your new kitchen cabinets! how awesome!!!

your blog is a bright spot in my day...
suzanne

Melissa Miller said...

Stacey this really sounds like a great list! You are so right.

Thank you very much for your kind words on my weight loss. You're the best!

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

What a wonderful list! I loved this post--just what I needed to hear today. :-)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

This is a great post, Stacey! :) I've already added it to my "to feature" list. ;)

Laura said...

What a great list!
I am so glad I found your blog this evening.
I will be back, and I am now a follower-

Laura

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Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

These are wonderful ideas--sweet and simple!

Shady Lady! said...

Great ideas!!!

Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen said...

You have some great tips! Thank you!

Nikki said...

Great tips! I finally went through the stack of papers on my kitchen cupboard, and the satisfaction/relief I felt was amazing.

Carol said...

I think one of the most important things is keeping up with the clutter. My house isn't always clean, but it is ALWAYS neat. When anyone drops by, they don't notice the dirt because nothing is out of place. How do I do it- a swoosh through the house each night before I go to bed. Always a WELCOME to the family when start our morning.