What makes a house a home?
In the modern world, the places we live come and go. People are sometimes selling homes quickly and often in search of the house they can call a home.
It is not uncommon for the ordinary citizen to move up to 4 times throughout their life. But what makes a house a home? If your looking for your forever home, thinking of moving, or have recently moved and need some inspiration, this is a question for you.
Admittedly, home means different things to different people and is absolutely whatever you make of it.
Usually, it means much more than just the bricks and mortar that make up a building. It is more about the memories created within a home, the people we share our lives with, and the feeling of relaxation on arrival.
We have rounded up a list of five things that make a house (new or old) feel like home, whatever home means to you.
1. The feeling of comfort we find there
Author Jane Austen said it perfectly when she said: “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” One of the joys of being behind your own closed doors is the chance to relax and just be you without the glaring eyes of the world. Home is a place where we can unwind, relax, enjoy our own personal space, choose to do nothing or to do whatever we like and just really be free to be ourselves.
2. The people and pets we share it with
From university roommates to friends and family, the people we share our home with make it a very special place indeed. It is great that we are all different and each person brings their own individual quirks and unique interests to the table. A home is a place where we can enjoy companionship in spite of all our differences.
Whether it is the friends we stay up all night watching DVDs with, the children constantly engaging in rough and tumble or the loved ones who help us put things into perspective, the people we share our home with are a big part of the reason why there is no place like home.
3. The food we eat there
Whether home cooked or bought out, there is something very comforting about the food we eat at home. US politician Benjamin Franklin once said: “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” How true! Food and homes go so well together.
Home is synonymous with comfort food that not only quenches our physical hunger but also soothes our inner being and refreshes us from deep within. The aromas of baked bread, pies, slow-cooked casseroles and all those good things cooked with lots of love and tenderness, make a home a truly “lived in” and delightful place to be.
4. The memories we create there
It is a bit of a cliché, but true nonetheless – a home is a place with a healthy mix of laughter, happiness and tears. When we think back to places we may have lived in the past, chances are we will remember more of the memories we created there than the décor.
It is those memories made with childhood friends, the struggles and triumphs through adolescence into adulthood and the many experiences encountered as the twilight years dawn that define what we call home.
5. The Neighbourhood
In an age where people have become so busy, it is quite common not to know who our neighbours are or to intentionally take time out to explore and enjoy the neighbourhood. The Dalai Lama summarised this situation quite well when he said: “We have been all the way to the moon and back but we have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.”
There are more opportunities for friendships and lasting memories for those whose homes extend beyond the four walls they live in to include the communities within which they reside.
So the next time you go house hunting, it is a good idea to look beyond the bricks and mortar.
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