When it comes to our sense of smell, nothing brings up emotions quite like a particular scent that reminds you of your grandma’s homemade cooking or the special memories of Christmas you re-live when you encounter a certain cinnamon aroma. The way we feel can be often be associated with fragrance, which is why it is so important to keep your home smelling clean and pleasant. Whether you are trying to sell or are just preparing for upcoming events with guests, we’ve compiled a list of ways to promote an aura of warmth and coziness that people want to feel when walking into your home.
- Start with the obvious: cleaning.
This should probably go without saying, but one of the most important tasks you can do in your effort to create a nice smelling home is to clean. If you know you don’t have a lot of time, start with the major items. Simple chores such as taking out the trash, cleaning up after pets, and loading up the dishwasher can make huge impact on the smell of your home. Toss out any expired food in your fridge or pantry, and If you have the time to wipe down surfaces, the kitchen and bathroom are excellent areas to visit.
- Don’t go overboard with air fresheners.
Many people don’t realize that the artificial smell of too many air fresheners can be a deterrent for those with asthma or a sensitive nose. Try to keep them to a minimum and instead, if possible, opt for more natural scents. Essential oils can be a great choice as they have a more delicate smell, and they can be diffused or diluted into a spray to be used as a fabric or air freshener. You can change up the oil depending on the season or occasion, and there are so many recipes for blends available online.
- Cook something delicious
Baking cookies can be a great way to bring that lovely smell of home into your space just and help potential buyers envision themselves living in the home and cooking in the kitchen. If you don’t have time to go all out and make them from scratch, grab some break n bake from the grocery store and pop them in the oven. For a bonus, leave the freshly baked cookies on the counter just prior to the showing with a handwritten note encouraging buyers to take one.
For more ideas on how to make your house feel like a home, check back next week for our favorite scent recipes!