Making a House into a Home
Okay, okay, so I live in an apartment, not a house, but bear with me, all right? "Making an apartment into a home" just doesn't doesn't have the same ring to it. What would it take for you to transform your house into a home? Do you think there's a difference, or are they one in the same?
I hadn't really thought about it until just recently, when looking further into ways to declutter, reevaluate, reorganize, and make the most of my spaces as I continue through the possessions focus of my Project 7 adventure.
Have you ever walked into someone else's house and instantly felt comfortable, safe, relaxed, or at ease? Did you feel, in other words, at home?
While a house can merely be a dumping ground for all of life's stuff, a home is so much more. Home is a place we come to at the end of a long day to unwind, relax, and find comfort. It holds part of our heart, is filled with memories, and occupies a special place in our hearts.
I want my home (currently this apartment, but at every stage of my life going forward) to welcome others in and to welcome me in at the end of my day. I don't want to be stressed about maintaining it, frustrated trying to find things, unsettled when it seems like things just aren't arranged optimally, or just dissatisfied with the general impression of a place that is lived in but not especially loved.
In thinking of what I wanted my home to look like, I asked myself what I wanted the dominant feelings conveyed by each room to be-- the mood or atmosphere, if you will. I want the purpose of each room and the desired atmosphere to guide how I fill the space. Instead of haphazardly placing things around the apartment, creating a mis-matched, aimless grouping of my belongings, I want to be more intentional in creating a calming space that welcomes people in.
What makes each room special? What do I love about a particular space? What don't I like the look or feel of? What would I change? What kind of story would I want my space to tell a stranger about me?
I'm going to keep these questions in mind as I survey my apartment one room at a time and try to slowly transform it into a place that feels more like home. Will you join me in doing the same with your space?
What do you want your home to feel like or look like?
Image source: http://theinspiredroom.net/2015/06/17/home-2/