7 Things That Make A House A Home (That Can't Necessarily Be Bought)
In the spirit of embracing one's home, flaws and all, here is an unofficial list of other things that make your house into a home.
The "House Smell"
No, it's not a disgusting smell, or one that indicates filth. It's the distinct aroma of a (clean) home that you only notice when you leave for an extended period of time and return. Everyone's house smells different.
Your Pet, Where It Isn't Supposed To Be
I can buy Cookie all the beds she could ever need, but she'll still curl up at the precise corner of my bed where a sunbeam alights at exactly 3 p.m.
The Mass Of Books, DVDs and CDs That Resist Progress
They fill our shelves, yet we can't get rid of 90% of them.
An Obstacle Course Of Shoes Strewn Through The Hallway
Because there's no greater feeling in the world than taking off your shoes after a long day.
The Hand-Me-Down Piece Of Furniture
It's not vintage. It's not an antique. But it used to be in your grandmother's house and it was given to you for your first place. Of course, it doesn't match anything. Who cares?
Your "Unloading Zone"
This is the place you throw your keys, purse and mail as soon as you get in. It could be a small table, a counter, a bookcase or even the dining room table. It is usually characterized by a mess.
Cheesy But True-Happiness, However You Define It
It nearly hurts me to write this, that's how cheesy it is. But, if your home is relatively a happy one -- even if you define happiness as zoning out in front of repeat viewings of "Regular Show," which I'm told is not something successful adults watch but who really cares -- then your mess magically becomes more acceptable. If you spend your evenings screaming into the void, a mess is then a warning sign.