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Pleasant Home: Do You Have One?

A pleasant home for the family is something that is definitely worth putting some effort into. However, you don’t always have to put in a massive effort to get a good result. In fact, there are many relatively small changes you can make that will positively affect your living space. Read on to find out what they are.

 Pleasant Home: Do You Have One? - The Southern Smiths

The First Step to a Pleasant Home

Even though we might not look directly at it most of the time, the flooring in a home can make or break the ambiance. This is because you really can’t have an environment that is congenial to home life if the floors are dirty or in bad condition.

In fact, some type of flooring like Lino is very hard to get properly clean once it is past a certain age. That is why it’s worth considering replacing the flooring in a specific room, or even through the whole house.

To do this in a cost-effective manner, using laminate flooring is a great option. This is because it looks great, and is super easy to keep clean. Although it is still way more cost effective than carpeting a whole house.

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Install solar panels

Another relatively small change that you can make to your home that can have a big effect is to install solar panels on the roof. These generate electricity so that you are no longer dependant on power from the grid.

Yes, it is true that you will need to make the original investment, but solar panels should make you money back over the long term. Especially if you sell any excess power back to the grid for others to use. Something that makes it a small but smart change that is definitely worth making.

Adorn the walls

A house isn’t a home unless it has some elements of personalization in it, and in my experience, the best way to do is to adorn the walls. Of course, how you do this is entirely up to you. You could get prints of your favorite art pieces, family photos, or other keepsakes to give it a more homely feel.

Gallery walls can be hung easily for a great effect.

Hanging a few pictures isn’t a difficult or time-intensive task and can be done over a single weekend. Follow the advice here to make sure it goes off without a hitch!

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Be organized!

You won’t have a pleasant home environment if you are overrun by clutter. In fact, it makes it tougher to keep the place clean and tidy and can be a source of a lot of stress. To this end, putting some effort into organizing your home can be a most worthwhile activity.

To begin, try and clear all surfaces in your home including countertops, desk, and dressing tables. Then create specific storage areas where things can be kept out of view, but still within easy reach for when you need to use them.

Also, don’t forget that you don’t have to keep hold of every item you have been given as a gift over your lifetime. You can even donate unwanted things to the Goodwill store if you feel bad throwing them out. An action that helps someone else, and ensures you keep an organized and pleasant home.

29 thoughts on “Pleasant Home: Do You Have One?”

  1. I don’t care if my house is empty but it does have to be clean and organized lol. I’m the person that loves to make the bed even if it means I’m going to mess it up right after. It’s just that extra something for me to be rested and at peace!

  2. I think installing solar panels is a great investment for a lot of future savings. Adorning the walls is my favorite part we have a complete wall from living room to the bedroom full of pictures.

    1. That’s awesome! We just decorated our living room and I’m in love with the vibe the artwork puts off.

  3. I would love a pleasant home and even though a home is what you make of it I just would rather it be one I owned. I rent right now so I’m limited on how I can make it my own buy I do work with what I have.

  4. You gave some great suggestions. Getting organized is a problem for me and I am working hard to change it because it can be to stressful. Great post and thanks for sharing.

    1. Right? I mean we’re renting and it’s so expensive, I like being able to move things around and feel refreshed.

  5. I love the thought process behind this post. So creative. A pleasant home is so much more than we often think it is. I am learning to embrace the nails in the wall and the things that make our home just that, ours. Thank you so much for sharing, maybe I’ll be a little more motivated to get more organized this Spring!

    1. You’re welcome! I so agree, sometimes we have to try something (like nail holes!) to realize how much it really helps overall.

  6. Organization is the key to calm for me. I feel as though I am more at home when we make sure that everything is clutter free and well organized. It makes my brain feel less messy too and I can think clearer. Having a welcoming and cozy house is important to me!

    1. I love that if someone decides to drop in, I’m not madly dashing around the house before answering the door. I can welcome them straight into my home without panic!

  7. I live in a rental and I don’t plan to have my own house any time soon.

    But I always picture it as being welcoming and cosy. I think it’s very important to be a good host, even if you might note have the most welcoming house ever.

    1. This is so true! We rent as well, and I like that people walk in and feel at home, even though every wall is the same color. You can make the best out of any home when you want to.

    1. It is honestly the one I strongly believe in. Your house will never truly look messy if you have clean shelves and counters.

  8. Being organized is something that I struggle with, but it makes a huge difference in how my home feels. I am working on decluttering, and although I’ll probably never be a minimalist, I like having less stuff.

    1. Oh I could never be a minimalist, but I do use some of their tactics when I just have to let some stuff go.

  9. I definitely think that setting up an organized house is key to having a pleasant house. When we get too crowded and can’t find space for everything in our home, it starts to feel less like home.

    1. I agree! It’s usually at that time that I decide if I haven’t used it in 6 months, I don’t need it.

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