Show your home some love this February ... and every month

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It's February! There have been Cupid sightings, love is in the air, Valentine cards are aplenty, and chocolates are heavily discounted after the 14th.

We are also reminded that "home is where the heart is" and that our homes should be filled with love.

Here are some suggestions for adding some love to your home:

Make it your no-stress zone, your safe haven, where you go to rest, relax and wind down. Think about peace and happiness. Take a few deep breaths before you open the door, and when you enter your home, leave your worries on the doorstep.

Take it nice and easy. Don't fret if your home or furnishings are not perfect. That kind of thinking can create stress. Just step back and say to yourself, "It will all come together in good time and as it does, I will enjoy my home in all its different stages."

Share your place with special people. Invite good friends over for dinner, wine and cheese, or a fun movie. Let laughter and happiness into your home (and stay as long as they want to).

Make good memories. When you enjoy living in your home you will also be creating fond memories. And just thinking of those memories will make you smile and love your home.

Spend quality time there. It might not be Tara or Twelve Oaks, but it's your home. So don't run out every chance you get. Get to know your home better. Do fun things in your home.

Many years ago we lived in West Bloomington, Minn. Our daughter was just 6 months old when we moved there. I remember that our big husky-shephard would lie by the side of her crib and watch over her. That was a good feeling. I loved that home.

Now we live in Rose Hill. We share our home with Cherie, our beloved standard poodle. Wherever we are in the house, that's where she is. She watches over us (or maybe she thinks we watch over her). Seeing her in our house every day makes me feel good. I love this home.

It's not too difficult to love to your home, and it's not too late to show your home some love.

Larry Stoller is a broker and Realtor with Real Estate Five of the Lowcountry. Larry@RealEstateFive.com, RealEstateFive.com, SunCityOpenHouses24.7.com

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