There are so many ways to make a home nice and they don't have to involve a lot of money. In recent years I have done many things to make our home comfortable, warm and pleasant and I didn't spend a lot of money doing so. In fact, many of those things I've done have actually allowed our home to operate thriftier. Today I thought I'd share some of the ways I like to make our home warm and pleasant.
The simplest and thriftiest thing one can do is to keep a clean and uncluttered home. I know I spend a fair bit of time tidying up and cleaning my home. It always seems there are dishes to do up and laundry to wash, but I much prefer to take care of it right away rather than allow it to pile up. I routinely wipe down countertops and dust surfaces. I run the vacuum cleaner often.
Before leaving the bathroom in the morning I make sure I've cleaned up after myself and everything is in order. I spring clean each room twice a year as I find it goes much faster and easier than if I only do it only once a year. I constantly work to keep clutter at bay. At the end of the day each of us makes a "walk through" to collect our things and tidy up before heading off to bed. It is always a joy for me to be able to walk into a neat and clean room and find that everything is in order. My mind is able to rest and I can relax.
I have a set of placemats to put on our table to protect and decorate it. In recent years I've made a few dozen cloth napkins and stopped buying paper ones altogether. Not only are they useful and thrifty, but they look pretty too. We eat all of our meals on an assortment simple dishes, glassware and silverware I've collected over the years. I also have my grandparent's beautiful set of china as well as a set of Christmas china I purchased in phases several years ago, which we use. Most importantly we eat together as a family at the table.
The heart of most homes is the kitchen. It is where our meals are prepared and conversations had. It is where we can nourish our hearts, our bodies and our souls. I create in my kitchen. I bake bread, make salad dressing, prepare lunches and cook dinner. I slice and dice, whip and stir. And while I do these things I think and plan and visit and chat.
In our kitchen there are terry cloth dish towels and cloths, muslin tea towels, hand embroidered cloths to cover the bread while it raises. Quilted pot holders and handmade fabric bowl covers. A cookie jar that never seems to stay full, a bread machine that constantly gets put to work, a crock filled with my favorite cooking utensils. A refrigerator and pantry full of food I have carefully and thoughtfully selected for my family with thrift and nourishment in mind.
When it is cold outside our home is warm and comfortable. The fireplace is on to add heat and ambiance. I buy scented candles to light and kerosene to fill the lamps and burn in the evenings while the lights are low. There is always a kitty to curl up in a lap and a warm throw to snuggle up in. I love the sight and scent of candles burning. I find them at thrift stores and clearance tables at the store which makes them quite affordable.
When the weather warms we open the doors and windows and let the fresh air and sunshine in. Especially when it rains, I love that.
How are some ways you make your home special?