So, it’s been awhile since I have posted on here but with a young daughter, I’m sure you can understand that getting time to write can sometimes be a little difficult nowadays!
As a parent, a lot of your time is taken up by your children, changing nappies, feeding and obviously entertaining them by making their teddies talk. With all these paternal duties now upon me, more of my time is spent around the house, so my attention was piqued when I stumbled across an article which tried to uncover exactly what makes your four walls feel like home.
The research, undertaken by Modern Rugs, revealed that in the UK men think that feeling comfortable to be in the buff is the main indicator their house has become a home; and to a certain extent I agree!
I have always been a fan of being able to let it all hang out in my own home(within reason) but have to admit, living in a bungalow has meant that I need to make sure that the curtains are closed. I wouldn’t want our lovely next door neighbour to get more than she bargained for (again!). So with nudity now off limits, I started thinking “what is it that makes me call my humble abode home?”
Having my beautiful daughter has instantly made me feel more settled. It has become a family environment where memories are being made. I now associate coming home to walking through the door and seeing her beaming face, which will always brighten my day. Okay so some days the not so angelic crying face may be present but I can easily sweep these under the rug when I see her smile.
Having a well-stocked cupboard is of major importance to me. I like to open my fridge and know that there is a variety of delights which I can tuck into. I have discovered a passion for cooking recently and so try to have ingredients on hand to be able to create delicious and experimental concoctions for our family dinner. My next investment for the home would ideally be a spice rack but I have been informed that we haven’t got room… probably because of my increasing stomach-size.
Music has played a part in my life for as long as I can remember and so to me my guitar is an important and integral part of the furniture. It is has always been there when I have needed it and it never answer back, what more could I ask for?
Joking aside, the study really made me think a little deeper about what is important.
Having a comfortable sofa and nicely painted walls will always be important but having a bathroom made out of marble isn’t the going to make you feel at home on its own. Whether it’s being able to eat food you have dropped on the floor or going to the toilet with the door open (both popular options in the research), there’s a money can’t buy factor which pinpoints that you’ve found the house to settle down in.
I would be interested to know your thoughts on this and see what is the main indicator for you that your house has become a home?