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5 Home Essentials to Check off Your List for a Happy Family

Happy people feel better, live longer, recover faster, solve problems more quickly, and are more likely to help one another. Traits everyone wants for their family, but what things does a home need to provide for a happy family? Here are five must-haves:


The first and most important home essential is safety. You won’t feel happy if you don’t feel secure in your home. Starting with the exterior of your home, landscaping should be neat and trimmed away from windows and doors. Your home should be illuminated at night. Inside, your home should be appropriately child-proofed. Families with young children should have outlet covers, cabinet locks, and stair guards. For older families, monitor your home for tripping hazards; falls are the number one cause of injury in the home.

Working Condition

Once your home is safe, the next step to happiness is to have everything in proper working order. A broken water heater, backed up sewage, or a faulty air conditioner is expensive and stressful, robbing you of happiness. Professionals, like those at A Absolute Plumbing & Heating, know that keeping your home properly maintenanced can avoid future problems. Be proactive keeping your appliances in good working condition. Have an HVAC inspection and a sewer and drain cleaning yearly. A professional technician and plumber will be able to spot potential problems before they become expensive repair jobs.


One of the keys to happiness is being able to weather the emergencies as they arise. Every home should have a first-aid kit for minor medical emergencies. Follow the government’s guidelines for emergency preparedness and any regional recommendations for your home (hurricane, tornado, earthquake, etc.

Efficient Space

Frustration over lost items depletes family harmony and happiness. Follow that old adage, “A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.” Create a landing spot for keys and cell phones. A mail sorter will keep papers tamed. Keep a list of minor repairs to be made. Your home will be more efficient, you’ll complete chores faster and more easily, and you’ll have more time to devote to your family.

Shangri-la Space

Laundry, bills, dirty dishes, vacuuming, cooking, dusting, and so on. The list of work to do in a family is never-ending, but it’s important to take a time-out and enjoy one another and your home. Create time and space to cultivate happiness. Eat dinner together. Devote outdoor areas for a firepit, playground, or other fun space for your family.

By following these five essentials, you will set the tone for happiness in your family and home.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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