A great way to make your home especially welcoming is to think about the subtle things – like how it smells! I so often focus on the visuals, but to enjoy something we use all of our senses, right?! And there’s a lot of ways to do it that are so easy it’s a wonder I didn’t think of them before.
I scoured the Internet for ideas for some of these, and the tips below are my favorite based on room (because each is a different size with a different purpose)! But all of them are easy and cheap. Happy home-making!
Attach a car freshener to a floor fan.
I don’t know about you, but my studio/office is pretty spacious, so I like to keep a floor fan in there in addition to the overhead to keep it cool. Attaching a car freshener to the grate of the fan is a super simple way to keep the entire space smelling fresh! (You can also attach it to your home’s air vent if you don’t use a fan.) And car fresheners are super cheap (this one was like, $3), so that’s a win-win.
Use a reed freshener.
Typically, bathrooms are small-ish spaces, especially if you live in an apartment like me. I like to use reed diffusers here because they’re not overwhelming but do make a big difference. In an area known for smells – whoo! – it’s important to have a little something-something to keep the space smelling tidy. You can buy really nice ones or simply $10 ones like I did here; they last for a good amount of time and smell heavenly!
Use a simple room spray.
Room sprays are great because they’re not expensive and there are tons of different scents you can choose from! Just simply spritz across your room when it needs it. A great idea would be to get sleepy-time scents – lavender is a great one – and to spray it over your bed before you go to sleep. I like to use this lemon one above the hamper to keep the dirty laundry smell at bay.
There are also a lot of great DIY room sprays you can find and make yourself if you want to get creative with it, so that’s always fun!
Use tea lights to heat up the scent of coffee beans.
This was a fun hack that I ran across somewhere on the Internet. You simply put coffee beans in a bowl and wedge little tea lights in the middle of them. When you light the candles, it will slightly warm the coffee beans and fill the room with everybody’s favorite picker-upper smell. And you can even add different candles for different effects! I loved the suggestion of using vanilla- or chocolate-scented candles to make a Vanilla Latté or Mocha smell.
I also really like this particular method for the living room because 1) it fills up the whole room and 2) it makes for great decor!
Heat up your own DIY Potpourri.
So there’s a lot of different versions of this, but essentially you just heat up some water + your favorite aromatic foods and boom! An amazing-smelling kitchen. Use oranges, lemons, and cloves to get a distinctly Fall smell if you’re already looking forward to the changing of the seasons!
This is a great one if you are having friends over for a dinner party or something of the sort. Kitchens can have all sorts of smells by the nature of their function, so taking control of that in such a simple manner is an awesome hack!
Here’s some other great tips I came across as I was prepping for this post:
Fall Simmers by Clean Mama: Multiple DIY potpourri smells & ideas
Hang Eucalyptus by Juicing for Health: Hang it in your shower!
Add Essential Oil to Your Air Filter by Kids Activities Blog: Like the car freshener hack but natural!
Add Essential Oil to Your Toilet Paper Roll by One Hundred Dollars A Month: You put it inside the roll
Pretty creative ideas, yeah? I’m a fan.
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