Essentials for Every Home and Free Ways to Make Your House a Home in depth. For me, there are three simple things which differentiate between a home and any ol' address:
- Responsibility and care. A true home is one you feel at least some measure of responsibility for. You clean it, decorate it, and fret when things fall into disrepair. Even if these things aren't entirely your problem (I doubt I was concerned with the workings of my furnace at age eight, for instance), they impact on the way you experience the space. Quite simply, you care.
- Your stuff around you. I freely admit it: I like my stuff. I like my artwork, my bedding, my furniture and my pots and pans. While the belongings of roommates or family might be serviceable and just as nice, there's something comforting about using the things that you've personally collected over the years. Anything else is second best.
- Feels permanent (or at least, not transient). Some people are better at this than others, but for me it's difficult to feel at home in a place that comes with an expiration date. While few spaces are actually "forever homes" in the truest sense of the term, there needs to be some sense of permanence to a living situation for us to really relax into it. Otherwise, it's far too easy to disregard numbers 1 and 2 on the list; after all, why repaint that room or unpack all your fancy china if you'll be moving on in the near future?