Buying a new home is such an exciting – and stressful – experience. It’s one of life’s major milestones, and frankly, it deserves celebrating. You did it! Since this is the week where we here in America give thanks for all we have, we think it’s also a great idea to express thanks to your new home. After all, think about all the things it provides for you – shelter, stability, and a place to gather with your loved ones, to name a few. So how exactly do you show your gratitude? Here are some of the most creative ideas we’ve seen.
Make it sparkle
Is there anything that feels better than being clean? We don’t think so. Which is why it’s a great idea to deep clean one area of your home to show it your gratitude. Is there a corner that you’ve been neglecting, like that space in the garage? Spend an hour or two cleaning it up and getting it organized. How about that shower door with the hard water stains? Read up on the best ways to banish those deposits and get to it. You – and your home – will be glad you did.
Fill it with plants
Is your home missing a little something? All you may need to give it that lived-in feeling is a plant or two, or a vase of fresh flowers. This is a particularly good time to bring living things into your home, since it can be so grey, dreary, and dark outside. Nothing perks up a room like a snake plant or a bouquet of roses. Plants have also been shown to clean your air – which makes them a good bang for your buck.
Make it smell good
Have you noticed a mild funk in the air that you can’t quite locate? Bad smells can be a serious mood-killer, so freshen up your home with some good scents. Think about the kinds of scents you enjoy, especially at this time of year. Maybe you love the smell of cookies baking in the oven, or spices simmering on the stove. Get seasonal and decorate with some fresh evergreen boughs. Not only will they smell good, but they’ll also get you in the holiday spirit.
Even if you think your home doesn’t have a finished look, you should take some photographs of it anyway. You will appreciate them in a few years when you look back and see how far your space has come. Celebrate your new space by sharing it with the people you love. Take some great shots and post them on social media. Try looking at rooms, corners, or vignettes in ways you haven’t before. We promise, this will improve your home’s mojo.
Plan a date with your home
Maybe it sounds silly, but have you really taken the time to enjoy your home since you moved in? Are you taking advantages of all those amenities that first drew you to the home, like the wood-burning fireplace or the deep soaking tub? Mark you calendar and plan a date where all you do is enjoy your home. After all, this is what you’ve been waiting for – isn’t it?