Tuesday Topic: What Makes Home Feel Like Home?

A perfect question right before the “Home Sweet Home” photo challenge!

From Phyllis: What makes a place feel like home to you? (I take great comfort in the fact that heaven is my real home, but here I’m asking about “home” on earth.)

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4 Responses to “Tuesday Topic: What Makes Home Feel Like Home?”


  1. 1 Ashley L. June 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Fun question, Phyllis! Of course, as long as my family is there, many places can feel like home. Probably the #1 thing for me would be knowing people in my community. Familiar faces each day do a lot to make me feel at home. One other thing for me is whether or not a place is clean. It doesn’t have to be nice or fancy, and it can even be cluttery (I don’t love clutter, but I have small kids, so I can live with it) but I do feel more comfortable when a place is not dirty. I learned this from experience after moving into a very dirty apartment where it took me many weeks or even months to scrub all of the dust, dirt, and mildew accumulated over a long time of neglect.

  2. 2 Nancy DeValve June 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I have a notebook of recipes that I take with me wherever I go. I have ambivalent feelings about cooking, neither loving it nor hating it. But the family seems to take great comfort in knowing that the meals they love are going to happen no matter where we are. Maybe what’s really important is the gathering together once a day. So having the cookbook means making that happen a lot less stressful.
    When we came on home assignment this last time I forgot my notebook and I felt lost! Fortunately a kind traveler brought it from our country and mailed it to me a couple of months after we got here.

  3. 3 Ellie June 30, 2010 at 5:17 am

    When I unpack?

    I guess the second one would be when I rearrange the furniture. Then it become mine.

  4. 4 Phyllis July 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I haven’t had a chance to answer my own question. 🙂

    I’ve been thinking about this one a whole lot lately. A really, really big one for me is neighbors. I didn’t even realize this until the day before we moved. I was at the playground in the center of the city, and someone from our new building recognized me! She asked, “Are you our neighbors yet?” And from that moment on, I already felt more at home in our new apartment than I ever felt in our old one. The building that still feels most like home to me, is one where we lived in Russia. Over time, we actually lived in two different apartments in that building. I knew everyone who lived there, and it just felt like HOME.

    Another big one is entertainment/rest/relaxation. Does that sound weird? Once I have my books, knitting projects, and computer available, I feel much more settled. Even if it’s chaos all around me, if I can sit down for a few quiet minutes with something I enjoy, I feel at home.

    Thanks for posting and discussing my question!


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