Let's be honest. As much joy as the holiday season holds, it can also be a little bit nerve wracking.
Plus, it's 2020, which means our holidays are looking different this year. However, that doesn't mean your home can't feel like a sanctuary for those who enter! (And yourself)
Your house doesn't have to be 'perfect', and you don't need to lose your mind trying to achieve that perfect look in order for your guests to feel at home.
In fact, we often hear people say how much they appreciate it when every single thing doesn't look like a magazine cover. Mostly because... A: it makes them feel better about themselves, and B: they feel more relaxed in the space.
That doesn't mean you can't decorate to the nines, have a table setting that makes everyone say wow or cook a meal that looks as good as it tastes. Let your personality shine and be yourself in your home, just remember that perfection is NOT the goal when it comes to gathering with others.
So, here are 4 easy ways to make your home feel inviting during the holidays:
- Take 30 minutes to simply clear clutter off of counters, dust mop if necessary and make sure the bathroom is clean. You don't need to spend HOURS cleaning every time someone visits. It's amazing how different your house can feel and look in less than an hour by just focusing on those three things.
Light a candle or start your diffuser. Just the sight of a lit candle or soft glow of a diffuser can make your home feel cozy and warmer. Pick a light scent that isn't overpowering or extremely sweet to avoid giving guests a headache.
- Turn on music or an appropriate TV show with the volume at low. What you choose to turn on will always depend on the type of get-together your hosting, but just a little bit of background noise can add some 'life' to the setting and make the room feel complete. It also helps put guests at ease who might not sit well with silence.
- Be yourself! This was hinted at in the start of this post, but don't forget to just be you. Sometimes we feel like we have to have it all together when someone is coming to visit, but don't be afraid to have some dishes in the sink, that book you’re reading out on the side table or kids crayons on the coffee table. It's real life and your guests will feel much more comfortable when they aren't scared of messing something up in a picture perfect house!
So, the next time you have a friend or large party coming over be sure to try some of these tips to make your home the place everyone feels welcomed in!
Until next time,
Lauren & The Mockingbird Team