Inviting friends and family to your house is a great way to spend time making memories. Be sure your home is comfortable and welcoming with some easy tips for around the house. When it’s hot outside, you might need to spend more time indoors and a cool healthy home will help keep everyone happy.
- Go green with plants
A great way to make your home feel comfortable and cozy is to add some house plants. If you have pets, make sure to check and see which plants are safe for animals and kids. In the bathroom, hang a spider plant or peace lily to add some color or place a tall ficus or pothos plant to your living area or bedroom. Plants are also excellent to clean the air, and many are easy maintenance.
- Get rid of clutter
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Clutter creates stress and getting rid of clutter will make your home more comfortable. One way to tackle the problem is to throw away junk mail as soon as it comes in – then place any bills or important papers in a folder or file to look at later. Other items that can quickly clutter a home are clothes. If the kids have grown out of winter coats, summer clothes, or school uniforms – pass them on to relatives or friends or donate them. Making your home feel cozy is simple if you find a place for all of your stuff and make sure you put it away at the end of the day.
- Give the shades an update
A great way to stay cool during the summer is updating your curtains or shades so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. You can reduce the temperature in your home by using curtains with a reflective backing that will keep the heat out and cool air in. Curtains and shades come in a variety of colors and styles and will make your home look stylish and feel comfortable.
- Cool and conserve energy
Keeping your home, the perfect temperature is even easier if you invest in a SMART thermostat and have regular maintenance performed on your AC unit. Before the natural hot weather starts, call in an HVAC technician to look over your air conditioner and make sure it is running at top performance. You might even want to install a new thermostat that can be controlled from your phone and conserve energy while you are away from the house.
- Grace the place with fresh flowers
Another fun way to make your house more welcoming is with fresh flowers. If you have a garden, you can cut some flowers and place them throughout your house. A pop of color can go a long way to make a home feel refreshing even when it’s hot outside. If you’re expecting overnight company – place a vase of flowers in guest bedroom and bathroom to make your friends feel right at home.