Many years ago, I defined three types of attitudes about one’s residential space – in my course Organized & Loving It, they are:
Home is Your Castle: You desire and have an immaculate home with a constant state of neatness. This is a life style which is only seldom achieved with lots of money and a 24 hour homemaker. You are constantly on the lookout for new “In Home Projects” (such as upgrading the carpet to hardwood floors or finding the perfect area rug).
Home is Just A Place to Hang Your Hat: This home is vacant most of the time. The occupants generally eat out or when they do eat in hardly ever spend more than 30 minutes in the kitchen. These homeowners have to think several minutes before they can tell you their carpet color. This home is generally without children.
Home is Where The Heart Is: This home operates on the philosophy that a home should have a lived in look. The carpets in this house have not been cleaned in a while, because the homeowners just haven’t had the time to think about it.
Now I am not saying there are right or wrong attitudes. One’s attitudes towards one’s living space are usually determined by one’s career, family situation and sometimes the actual phase in one’s life. If you watched the movie Up in The Air, you would undoubtedly say that George Clooney’s character had a home space that could be described as Home is Just a Place to Hang your Hat. Where as Bree Van De Kamp on Desperate Housewives, has a house that could be defined by some as a Home is Your Castle. Sheldon Cooper’s apartment on The Big Bang Theory might actually be a good representation on Home is Where the Heart Is. The rundown apartment is the center of many individual’s universe. This is where Sheldon’s neighbor, colleagues and housemate hang out for a substantial part of their week. It is not perfect, but it is almost functional. Well, despite not having a functional table for group dining.
Take some time to think and reflect about your own space and those residences you enter from time to time. It is an interesting perspective. Understanding one’s attitude towards one’s space can be the beginning of big changes.
Check out this related post on Attitudes towards One’s Work Space.
This is a best of post from 2010.