What Makes A House A Home?No Comments
So many people talk about the stress of moving. The truth is, the immediate time after moving house can be pretty uncomfortable too. After all, you’re living in a strange building which isn’t yet home. This got us thinking, what makes a house a home? We suspect this is likely to vary from person to person and we’re intrigued to hear what you’d say. So we crawled social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit for inspiration and then took to the streets of London to get the view of the general public. Here’s what we found.
Books, Films & Music
Many people said it’s all about the books, films and music. This is pretty natural actually. All these collections are a true and accurate portrayal of our likes and dislikes. If you’re the type of person who builds a personal connection with the books they read or music they listen to, your collection is like an extended family photo album.
So the most common answer we had was pet related. Not just the furry friends being around but misbehaving too. We associate this behaviour with home because this is how you know a pet is comfortable. Once a pet is comfortable, their owner will be too. Also one Reddit user told us that a house isn’t a home until they find ginger cat hair everywhere – we’ll pass on that one.
The Family Heirlooms
A house isn’t a home until it’s littered with your family heirlooms. You know that strange painting which you don’t actually like but you put up anyway because it came from a long lost great uncle? Well that could actually be the missing ingredient.
The Memories You Make
Lots of you told us that memories make a house a home. This is bad news for new home owners, you’re probably not going to feel ‘at home’ for quite some time. You can’t force this one.
The Smell of Home Cooking
Ah now this is an answer we can really get behind. We had plenty of people talk about home cooking. It’s not surprising really. When you think of your childhood home, you often think back to the food you ate there. The smell of cooking can evoke powerful images of home that can’t be ignored.
A surprising amount of people said that internet connection and instant access to WiFi gave a homely feel. Others mentioned their collection of tech devices gave them a feel of comfort. A sure fire sign we’re reaching a new age.
“The imperfections are what makes a home unique,” replied an elderly gentleman when asked. This is a strange concept but one which makes sense. He elaborated; “at first everything is new and fresh, you love it and can’t believe it’s yours. Then things start going wrong. Floorboards creak and doors won’t shut properly. You learn and memorise you way around your home. These are the things you’ll miss.”
A Few Random Answers
As with every survey like this, we encountered some silly, unusual and downright hilarious answers. When asking ‘what makes a house a home?’ here are some of the best answers we had:
- The spelling
- A hat rack
- The toilet (and what you do in it)
- A witty welcome mat
- One of those tacky ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ signs in the kitchen
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