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10 things your home needs to feel put together

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What makes a house a home? There are hundreds of lists nowadays that tell you all the supplies you need for your first apartment, your first dorm, or your first house. They contain all the essentials: sheets, cookware, dishes, towels, decor. While these are necessary, what gives the extra push to make the new space feel homey? To feel lived in, complete, put together? Every person’s tastes, styles, and budgets are different, of course, but here is a list of some things to get you started. If you want your new home to feel put together, try some of these.

A Landing Strip

This is a funny way of saying an area by the front door for all your stuff to land when you come in. You know, a place to put your keys, your purse, your coat, your umbrella. A space to dump off the day and feel the weight lifted as soon as you enter your home. This area could have a small entry table, a mirror, a coat rack, etc. Make it your own, so that the first thing you see when you walk in the door is a welcoming sight.

Plant Life

Your space will feel more lived in if other things are actually living. They also increase the air quality of your space, which is especially nice in a small apartment. There is a plethora of plants to choose from, so you’ll need to research which plants are best for your lifestyle and climate. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, there are plenty of plants that do just fine growing indoors and that require little maintenance.

Baking Soda

Do you know how many things you can do with baking soda? It’s an excellent cleanser—it will clean hairbrushes, grills, rugs, pots and pans, laundry, and dull floors. It’s safe enough to brush your pet’s teeth with, or you can add some to your bath for an at-home spa experience. It will polish tarnished silverware, work as mouthwash, and fight dandruff if you combine some with your shampoo. Also, you can cook with it! It makes fluffier omelets, putting some baking soda in sweet tea will keep it from clouding, and you can create an antacid with it to prevent heartburn. The list goes on and on, but the point is your home will function much better with just a box of baking soda.

Art

Nothing makes a place more unique than the art you choose to display. It can tie a whole room together or cause complete disarray, if used improperly. This is a chance for your personality to shine and make the house your own. You can go to museums for inspiration, head to a home department store if you already have a color scheme, or hit up festivals and thrift stores for undiscovered, local art.

Candles

Whether you light them during meal times with family or keep them in the bathroom for when you need to unwind, candles should be a staple of every home. They have a calming presence, an infinite number of scents to choose from, and the ability to make any meal feel special. If you have kids in the house, there is also a battery-powered option, as well. The flickering of a candle (or fireplace) makes a space feel warm, cozy and inviting.

Kaitlyn is a graduate from Lee University and is a staff editor for R.H. Boyd Publishing. She enjoys travel, books and penguins. When she's not working, she dreams of seeing the world.