Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Single Moms: Setting Up a Comfortable and Happy Home

As a single mother with much to juggle, setting up your home may seem like a low priority. However, a comfortable home with not only create a safe, welcoming space for your children, but also give you a haven in which to unwind after a long day of working, running after the children, and taking care of your own needs. You don’t have to hire an expensive decorator or have a lot of one-of-a-kind décor items to make your home a sanctuary for you and your family. You just need a little creativity and the tenacity to secure a home you love. Here are a few ways to create a comfortable, happy home.

Location, Location, Location
If you don’t live in an apartment or house you already like, it may be time to look into some other housing options. This may seem like an impossible task, based on budget. However, housing assistance may be available for you and your children. For more information, visit SingleMothers.us for some ideas. Find a location that is in a family-oriented neighborhood. Outdoor space is nice if you live in a climate that allows for outdoor play, and if the neighborhood is safe enough for your children.

Furniture Arrangement
Even if you don’t have the nicest, newest furniture (or if you do!), you can still arrange everything in a way that makes you feel comfortable and at-home in your space. Pay attention to the space between seating, the focal point of the room, and the utility of your seating. It’s nice to have end tables between chairs, as well as a coffee table that can double as a footrest in front of the couch. If your furniture is looking too shabby for your tastes, consider shampooing it or purchasing some inexpensive slipcovers. You can find some great slipcovers at Ikea: http://www.ikea.com. Homemade pillows also add charm, and pillows are easy to make.

Lighting
Harsh lights or bulbs with a yellow glow can make even the nicest spaces feel crowded and old. For evening lighting, purchase floor or table lamps (at second-hand stores if you’re on a tight budget), and place them in corners and on tables throughout the room. Use these instead of an overhead light to create a relaxed atmosphere. In the daytime, open blinds and curtains to let daylight shine in on your comfortable, happy living room.

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