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]