Monday, April 27, 2009

5 Ways To Make Your House a Home

Hello ladies I'm so excited to be joining everyone today and every Monday for the month of May.Monday's topic will be on Family and Home and I wanted to share an article I found the other day.
5 Ways To Make Your House A Home
By:Dionna Sanchez

Furniture and Belongings Never Make Up For Love!
So, here are 5 ways that you can make your house into that warm and loving home you desire.

1) Maintain an open door policy

Make your house inviting to family and friends by letting them know they are welcome in your home. Encourage them to stop by to say hello or to visit with you for a few minutes. Let them know you value them as a part of your life. A closed home is a lonely home!

2) Fill your home with fresh aromas

Let the aroma of compassion, kindness, gentleness, love, joy, patience, etc permeate through your walls. Homes need to be a haven, a place where people can feel secure to be themselves. Someone who smells these character qualities encompassing your home can't help but hunger for more!

3) Hold a consistent family dinner hour

Make sure your family sits together at the table for dinner each night (or at least regularly) so that you can share together, laugh, and bond. It doesn't matter what else is going on in the world if you can all connect as one family unit each day.

4) Keep your home picked up - but let it be "lived in"

It's a great thing to be organized and to take pride in your home. In fact, your family will benefit from these traits. But it's just as important to not let that organization run your life. If a home is so immaculate that everyone is afraid to relax, what good does that do anyone? A good reminder to help you keep your focus balanced is to think of what you would do if you opened your door to find Jesus there after He'd walked for miles on a dusty road. Would you allow Him to enter in His dirty sandals?

5) Slow down!
Fast-paced lives are the biggest thieves of family time these days. Friends are important but you need to make your family your priority not your social activities. Make time to create memories together in your home.
I want a home that has laughter,tears,quiet moments,social gatherings and more filling every corner with memories and legacies.I want my children to remember a home that was a refuge for them and somewhere that they could be themselves.
I want something "real" to be felt in my home.Don't you?

Wasn't that a great article?That is so true,I always thought that because I don't have a big house or nice furniture I couldn't have anyone over.I was always too embarrassed,but what's more important to me now is having a warm and inviting place for family and friends to gather.
That's been kind of hard to do lately having sick kids for the past few weeks.Here are some tips I wanted to share that I use around my house to stop all the germ spreading.
1.Make them a comfortable place for them to rest with their favorite blanket and pillow.For kids put a basket of things they can use like books,games,markers( etc.).

2.Make sure they wash their hands several times a day especially when they are coughing and sneezing a lot.

3.Use lysol to spray to kill germs on doorknobs,faucet handles and light switches.

4.Once they start feeling better,replace their toothbrushes.

5.And last,here's a recipe for ginger tea that I found in one of Sister Freeman's books Keeper of the House.
1 teaspoon of powdered ginger in a cup of hot water sweetened with honey.
She says it will stop a cold or flu if you catch it in the early stages.Several cups are needed in more advanced stages.
My kids usually only drink a couple of spoonfuls because it tastes so bad but it really does seem to help them.
Well,I hope you can use some of these tips in your home,I enjoyed sharing them with you!
Have a great Monday!


  1. Sis. Monica,
    Thank you for these great tips! I'm praying for Caleb today.
    Sis. D.

  2. Great tips and great blog, Monica.