What Does Your Home Say About You?

atla-091508-say.jpgWe recently unexpectedly stopped by the home of a friend we hadn't seen in a long time. We didn't need them to tell us that they were in the middle of a tumultuous time in their life. We saw their home. This wasn't the chaotic mess of someone who might have left the house in a hurry that morning. We got the impression of someone who was in the midst of an unsettling time, who'd yet to make peace with their new circumstances...

A healthy home is not a home full of the latest furnishings or decorated by the current hot designer. It's a home that says "Welcome. I am taken care of, can I take care of you?" There's a place to sit, a place to put your jacket or a bag, clean towels and extra toilet paper in the bathroom, and a clean glass to offer a visitor a glass of water. A chair has a table nearby to put down a glass, laundry and cleaning are done regularly, perhaps a light is left on for the inhabitant who comes home when it's already dark. When you start to care about your home, it's a sign you're starting to care about yourself; the health of one begets the health of the other. Check the health of your home. What is it trying to tell you? What will it tell your visitors?

[image: Conor Lawless's Flickr, with a Creative Commons License]