10 Easy Ways to Love Your Home

Bright living roomValentine’s Day or sometimes even the entire month of February is a time that’s dedicated to showing love to those we care about. While you might be preparing your Valentine’s Day plans or figuring out what to get that special someone, take a moment to consider your home. When was the last time you showed your home some love?

Loving your home doesn’t have to be hard or cost a lot of money. In fact, there are several ways you can do it cheaply and quickly! See our 10 different tips below to help you get started today!

Bring the Outdoors In – Plants and flowers can work wonders in revitalizing your home and lifting your spirits. From a simple bouquet of flowers in the kitchen to a few cute houseplants adorning your windowsills, indoor plants will give you something beautiful to look at and can even improve your home’s air quality. If you’re not a green thumb, don’t worry – succulents can make a big difference as well!

Paint It – Sometimes all a room needs is a fresh coat of paint to give it some life. Be bold and paint a room that’s been bothering you for a while or a room that desperately needs some extra love. A fresh coat of paint on walls or a few worn-out pieces can really make a huge difference!

Invest in Better Lighting – Does your home still sport florescent lighting or garish lighting combinations? Show your home you love it by getting rid of poor lighting and investing in good lights. Decorative overhead lights, lamps, and torch lamps can work wonders for your rooms, making them feel better and giving them a softer ambiance. The right lighting can make as big of a difference as painting a room, so choose well!

Clean, Clean, Clean – We don’t just mean dusting and vacuuming here. Pick a room one at a time and really clean it. Mop the floors, dust the fan blades, and scrub it down. You’ll be amazed at how different the room will feel once it’s cleaned.

Indulge Your Sense of Smell – Seeing a beautiful home isn’t enough – try making your sense of smell happy, too! Pick up a new candle the next time you’re at the store and try it out. Keeping inviting scents that you enjoy in your home can really amp up your happiness!

Rearrange Something – Whether it’s rearranging the decorations on your foyer table or the entire living room, the act of rearranging and playing with new combinations can give your home a new and exciting feel to it. This is a quick fix for those who want change but don’t want to spend any money!

Take Down the Blinds – Do you still have those old blinds on your windows from the time you moved in years ago? Try taking them off the windows and replacing them with either store-bought or handmade curtains. You’ll find that your home will feel open, light, and inviting, and you’ll bring in a lot of natural light into your home, which can boost your mood. Close the curtains at night to maintain your privacy. If you can’t live without blinds, try a lighter bamboo variety!

Add Art – Don’t be afraid to hang some art on your walls! A house really becomes a home when there are beautiful pieces on the walls. Display beautiful pieces of art that you have found at a local store, pieces that you’ve created, or even some of your collections from the years past. If you have art on the walls already, give your house a little extra zest by rearranging your artwork.

Zone Your Space – Take a few moments to reevaluate how you’re using the space in your home. Are the rooms fulfilling what you enjoy doing in your home? For example, do you have a lot of friends over every Friday but don’t have enough seating room or have a cramped entertaining space? If your space isn’t serving you properly, do what you can to make it suit your needs.

Make Decisions to Help Declutter – Did you know that 90% of clutter is the result of delayed decisions? For example, you might not be able to decide about what to do with the sweater you’ve had for years, so you leave it in the corner to languish there for a few months without noticing. Make some decisions in your home to help you move on and get your home in order again. Figure out what will be used, repurposed, donated, or thrown away. Once your home is in order, you will feel empowered in every other aspect of your life!

How do you love you home? Let us know on our Facebook page! If you don’t love where you live and want to find the perfect space for you to live in and love, then contact the Massey Team at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or see our listings or learn more about us at www.dianamasseyhomes.com! We’ll help you find your dream home fast!

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The 9 Benefits of Houseplants in Your Home

Houseplants in decorationDecorating your house is a very fun and personal task. What works for some may not work for others, and everyone has different tastes and styles. There is one thing that works for practically every home, functioning decoratively and efficiently – houseplants.

Houseplants are more than just simple greenery – they’re living organisms that improve the quality of your life and interact with your mind, body, spirit, and even your home as well!

Check out these 9 benefits to having houseplants grace your home!

Remove Airborne Contaminants Naturally – Want a way to get rid of nasty airborne contaminants with little cost? Grab a few houseplants! They can help remove pollutants including VOCs, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air, contaminants that have been known to cause headaches, nausea, and other ailments.

Kick That Headache – Put down the painkillers! Plants can help you put an end to your headaches. Filling your house with lovely houseplants can help decrease or even eliminate the headaches you experience. Because they cleanse the air, you will be less likely to inhale the stale, stuffy air that can sometimes contribute to headaches!

Protect Yourself Better Against Colds – No need to arm yourself with tissues and cold medicine! Because plants have a tendency of increasing the humidity levels in your home (and reducing dust), cold-related illnesses can be reduced by more than 30%!

Feel Happier With a Houseplant – Houseplants can also make you feel better mentally! Caring for a living thing like a houseplant can curb depression and loneliness, and it can even make you feel calmer and more optimistic. In fact, studies have shown that patients in the hospital recovered more quickly when they had a garden view in their room as opposed to just a wall. Find a cute little plant that makes you smile every time you see it to boost your happiness – we suggest the Polka-Dot Plant (Hypoestes), the Red Anne (Fittonia), or even Purple Passion (Gynura) for starters!

Lower Your Blood Pressure – Speaking of keeping calm, plants are wonderful for lowering your blood pressure! Many plants are known to reduce the stress you feel and make you feel more calm and at ease. So keep calm and buy a houseplant!

Clear Out the CO2! Plants and humans make great partners when it comes to breathing! Plants will take in the carbon dioxide we breathe, use it to “breathe” themselves, and give off fresh oxygen. The result is less drowsiness and cleaner air!

Improve Your Brain – Not feeling creative? Feeling really grouchy lately? Potted plants and flowers in your home can help improve your mood, inspire you to be creative, and give a boost to your brain!

Get Rid of Congestion Naturally – Many plants, especially eucalyptus, can help clear up phlegm and congestion in your system. In fact, the eucalyptus plant can be found in many congestion remedies! Get a step ahead of the game and place a little eucalyptus plant in your home to help reduce the congestion you might experience.

Sleep Better With Houseplants – Who needs sleeping medicine when you have houseplants? While many plants rest at night, there are several plants that will give off oxygen while you sleep, such as the gerbera daisy. Fill a vase full of these plants in your bedroom in order to improve your sleeping cycle!

Before you run out to grab a cartful of houseplants, keep in mind that in order to have success with any houseplant you will need to find the right plant for the proper growing conditions. For instance, a cactus would love to be in a lot of light and have little water, but an English ivy plant would enjoy a partially lit, moist bathroom to grow in.

Want more house tips? Need help finding the home of your dreams? Just call us at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298, or visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com! We can help you find that perfect home in no time