What does this word mean to you? For me, it is more than a place. It is a feeling of belonging. A feeling that I am safe and at peace inside this place. I have moved many times to three completely different countries and to two very different regions within the United States of America and yet I’ve been able to create a home for me and my family in each spot.
So, I ask again, what does home mean to you? Is it the home in which you grew up? Will that place always represent home to you? If it does, do you also have a home in which you live most of the time?
Here’s another question for you to ponder: what does your childhood home contain that makes it feel so much like home? My childhood home is now someone else’s home. Whenever I went back to visit my mother it was the scent of her perfume that brought memories flooding back for me. Also, my mother was there. We would spend time together reminiscing. The other thing that made my childhood home so special to me was the familiar furnishings: photos, paintings, and furniture.
When we sold my mother’s house (my childhood home) I was able to keep a few of the items that meant something to me. I do mean only a few. I incorporated them into my décor so that I have a little bit of my childhood home mixed in with my adult home.
Do you want your home to contain a few memories? Would you prefer to create your own memories and leave your childhood home behind?
If you choose to bring some of the furnishings from your childhood home into your current home be selective. Be sure to ask your partner, if you have one, if they agree with your choices. One thing is for sure, you do not want to create additional clutter in your home simply because you want to bring part of the past into your present.
Ask yourself these questions:
1. Does this bring back a special memory?
2. Do I love it?
3. Will this add to the overall atmosphere of my home?
4. Will this fit in?
5. Does it have a purpose?
If you can answer more than one of these questions positively then by all means bring some of your childhood home into your current home.
If you need to create the feelings of safety and peace inside your home take a look around and ask yourself what is bothering you about your home.
1. Are things out of place?
2. Do you know how to put your belongings away?
3. Can you find what you are looking for?
4. Do you have to do a major clean up before inviting someone over?
If you need to create order in your home so that it will be your place of refuge take the time to figure out where you want to start.
Please write back and let me know what home means to you. Let me know if I can help you in your quest to make your house feel like your home.