Making a House a Home

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Making a House a Home!

Making a House a Home. What’s the difference between comfortable family rooma house and a home? A house provides shelter; a house is a structure you live in that provides for your basic needs and safety. A home is where you weather all of life’s little storms —and revel in the sunshine; a home is a place that provides you mental and emotional support, a place you look forward to being in to get away from the outside world.

Do you feel that way about your home? If not, follow me…  Here are a few things that can help transform a house –  a mere shelter –  into a HOME – a safe haven.

People – and other creatures – you can share it with

Just as it should be, everyone going about their daily business gives a home the unmistakable sound of life. The sound of kids playing, the sounds of family pets romping in the back yard wanting your attention, while the sounds of your husband playing mechanic in the garage resonate above the music he’s singing along with. These are the ones you share your HOME with.

All the noise

The sounds of togetherness aren’t always soothing, but a silent house can feel empty. The dogs are barking, TV’s are blasting, music is blaring, and as life will have it, brothers or sisters, or both arguing all add to the noise of a HOME.

… And the lack thereof

The peacefulness of silence is sometimes welcome. After a busy, crazy day, once in a while there are those few precious times when everyone else is asleep and the house is so quiet you can hear a pin drop, you can sit on the couch in front of the fire and finally breathe. That’s a HOME.

Memories you create

Making fond memories with family and friends can last a lifetime. Maybe it is a family movie nighPlaying gamest tradition of watching Christmas movies while eating popcorn and drinking hot cocoa. Or maybe it is sitting around the dining room table playing board games with Grandpa and Grandma, waiting for the opportunity to win the game and get a treat for “being so smart”. Or Mom baking cookies and letting you decorate them before sharing a plate with the neighbors next door. Childhood and family memories will never go out of style, and can be continually added to – all helping to make a house a HOME.

Smells of good food cooking

Choc chip cookiesFor many, a house isn’t a home until it’s been cooked in. From the aroma of a slow-cooking pot roast to the mouthwatering smells of fresh-baked cookies, every meal you prepare in your home is nourishment for both body and soul, which also helps to make a house a HOME.

It doesn’t have to be perfect

It’s fine to have some dings, scratches, and flaws.  They just show that real folks live there and they aren’t perfect either.  That scratch on Aunt Jane’s library table has a story behind it that is now a part of the family history.  Don’t cover it up, share it and help to make a house a HOME.

Endless list of to-do projects

Are you always just about finished with your list of projects, but always find one more?  If so, that’s okay, as that means you want to make it better and leave your mark of making it yours.  And, again, that makes a house a HOME.

And the constant mess

This is my favorite!  Maybe you won’t be able to cross the living room floor without stepping on a Lego or little plastic car. And, maybe the kids’ rooms or the bathrooms aren’t as neat as they should be, but that is part of living in a HOME.

Comfy corners

Do you still have the old squeaky rocker that you just can’t part with?  Cozy spaces are comfort places and are important no matter what your decorating style may be.  They just help to make a house a HOME.

Your collections

This might be your cup and saucer collection you started as a child or those special finds from the flea market while you were on vacation.  How about those records or cd’s you and your friends used to dance to. Or, how about your husband’s collection of old license plates he has hanging on the garage walls.  These all tell your story and help to make a house a HOME.

Family heirlooms

Your grandmother’s quilt draped over the foot of your bed, wedding china your parents’ received as a wedding gift, or your great grandmother’s Chippendale dresser in your bedroom all are objects that show your family heritage. Again, those extraordinary items are distinctive to your HOME.

Never having to wear real clothes

If you’re like many people, the moment you walk through your door, you make like Mr. Rogers and get comfy. It’s time to get into sweats and comfortable clothes.  For us women, we’ve had it with shapewear, pointy shoes, and constricting waistlines by the end of the day and are ready to relax in comfort at HOME.

Family photographs

Grace Halloween4Family photos, new and old, lend such a warm comfortable feel to a home.  A few or a lot, that is your preference, but family photos always bring a smile.  Reminiscing about how cute Granddaughter Grace was in her first Fall pictures, Jordan was in her first dance recital costume, or how grown-up Jeremiah looked in his first ball uniform.  Those photos were meant to be shared, and The Grady’s – Shane and Karen –  help make their house into a very special HOME with pictures. And you can to!


This list could probably go on and on – ask 10 people what makes a house a HOME, and you’ll probably get 10 different answers.  The prevailing factor I read into all of these ideas, is HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS.