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A Homey House at No Cost {Part 2}


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Let’s just go ahead and make this a Saturday thing for the month of October shall we?

This week I want to focus on smells.

Yes, smells.  Like scents.  Good ones, not bad ones!

What does that have to do with this month’s theme?


Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m big on smells.  I have this keen nose that can pick out just about anything funky in the air (JUST like my mother).  I can walk into the house and know if something’s gone awry in the kitchen.  It’s a little irritating sometimes – no doubt for my husband, too!

I’ve always felt that home should smell good.  I also get this from my mother.  

Home feels good and it smells good.

So what does it smell like?


coffeeA fresh pot of coffee (if you’re a coffee drinker) can instantly make a bad day good.  This smell is wonderful first thing in the morning, of course, but it’s also great after a meal, in the middle of a lazy day, or on a  rainy afternoon.  Coming from a family that LOVES the stuff, the smell of coffee is a source of comfort for me.  You can have serious, wonderful, meaningful or fun conversations over a hot cup.  And you’re home.


baked goodsI know you all have some kind of memory of the scent of freshly baked cookies, filling the air and wrapping you up in its sweet smelling arms.  For me, it’s cake.  Man, I love the smell of cake!  It makes me feel like a kid and walking into a house that smells like something delicious has just been made instantly makes me love the place.  My problem: I’m not much of a baker.  So what to do?  I say grab a Pillsbury can and bake some of those pre-made cookies up!   Anyone walking into your house, be it your kids, your husband, your grandkids, or friends will love you for it, even if it’s not home-made, right?  Right????  


the seasonsDoes your house smell like Christmas for the entire month of December?  Mine always did.  Pine cones, cinnamon and natural greenery still makes my parents’ house smell like an enchanted Christmas forest!  What about in the spring and Summer?  Fresh flowers, citrus, and everything fresh.  Want to make your house smell like Fall?  Apparently there’s a way.  Check out these Five Simmer Pot Recipes from Apartment Therapy using things like cloves, oranges, nutmeg and cinnamon.  These can easily be used year round if you love these smells, too!  The Yummy Life has enough recipes to have your house smelling like every season!  Really great tips on making these and how to keep them in the fridge.  I figure this is just like lighting a candle, except all of the smells are completely natural, which is awesome!


clean buttonOne of my favourites.  I LOVE the smell of clean.  What is that, you ask?  Not Febreeze or air fresheners.  I like the smell of furniture polish and countertop cleaner.  I love it when I walk into my house and I can feel that it’s clean and fresh.  This, again, comes from my mother and grandmother whose cleaning habits are impeccable and whose homes are always fresh!  I tend to obsess about my house smelling like a dog and one day I asked my mom if it did.  I knew she wouldn’t lie.  She said “No, it smells clean in here.”  I was officially on a high for the rest of the day.  I’m such a freak!


nothing buttonLast thing.  Nothing.  Open up some windows (if the weather permits) and let fresh air come in!  If you want to completely neutralize your home of any scents, clean with vinegar and baking soda.  Both are neutralizers and you’re guaranteed to have a smell-free home – yes, even with the vinegar.  The smell goes away very quickly.  Your home can feel very fresh by having no particular scent at all, I think.  It instantly makes me think of Spring when the breeze is coming in through the windows and all the stuffiness of winter is gone from inside the house!


So there you have it.  Some ways that you can affect the mood in your home just with the simplicity of how it smells (or doesn’t).   Of course, candles and air fresheners work as well but I wanted to give you all natural ways of infusing your home with particular scents.  I know it’s something many people have become aware of.  I have yet to try making my own air freshener with essential oils, but it’s all over Pinterest if you ever really want to get rid of all those aerosol cans.  

Hope you have found this helpful, and I know I’ll feel right at home this weekend as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families.  Does the smell of turkey qualify as a homey smell?  It does this weekend!


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  • Reply Annet M

    A friend in Australia has an auto spritzer of air freshner in her house to make it smell clean – instead all I smell is chemical cocktail. I hate those things so was getting worried for a sec. Glad you said no to chemicals!!
    Morning smells – coffee and bacon frying. Two best smells.
    I also read an article once on how to be a good Christian wife and it was about having everything ready for when your husband came home from work – and so even if you didn’t have dinner started, just frying onions would mean that he’d think you were and it would smell that way. Totally awful, ridiculous article that hurt every normal brain cell I had but I do like the smell of onions and garlic frying ;)

    October 12, 2013 at 11:03 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Natural smells are so much better, anyway! The synthetic stuff never really does it for me.

      Bacon frying is definitely amazing!!!

      That article sounds like it would stir a lot of opinions!!! I can see why! Though I completely agree – onion and garlic frying are so fantastic!

      October 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply Steph

    I completely agree with all of those! I’m not a big coffee drinker, but Ryan is and I LOVE the smell of a pot brewing. I’m a huge fan of scented candles too, vanilla is always a winner for me :)

    October 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Oh my gosh, we are like TWINSIES for real because I agree 100% on all these things! Nothing beats the smell of coffee and baked goods in the kitchen…and we almost always have a seasonal candle burning. Right now, it’s pumpkin pie scented. Oh, and what countertop cleaner do you use? I just used clorox wipes, but maybe I’m missing out on a clean smell that I should be inhaling. I also really agree with that last one. When we moved into the home we’re renting, it had a musty smell to it, and nothing helped more than opening the windows that first winter and letting it air out.

    Lovin’ this series, girl. Keep it coming!

    October 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      We seriously ARE twinsies! Pumpkin pie candle = heavenly!

      I use clorox wipes as well, but I tend to hit up the all-natural countertop cleaners made with essential oils – the smells last a LONG time and my kitchen smells like lavender, which I love! Right now I have one made by Attitude, which I am LOVING!

      Thanks for the support!!! xo

      October 16, 2013 at 6:23 pm
      • Reply Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

        I’ve been hearing so many good things about essential oils lately. I’ve gots to get on that train!

        October 17, 2013 at 1:20 am
  • Reply Leah

    I am obsessed with my countertop cleaner. I kind of just want to spray it everywhere like air freshener ;) But fresh coffee works well too!

    October 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Me too!!! My husband knows how much I love it and uses it every time he wipes the counters, too! It always makes the entire house feel clean, even if it’s really just the counters that are wiped :)

      October 16, 2013 at 6:40 pm

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