I read a really interesting study from IKEA that came out this past week about how most people don’t feel at home in their own home. In fact, “1 in 3 people all over the world say there are places where they feel more at home than the space they live in. For City people this feeling has has increased from 20% in 2016 to 35% in 2018″.
There is a great deal of insightful information in the study and I encourage everyone to read it and see how they relate. The big takeaway is that all over the world and in our community, lifestyles are changing more than ever. People feel that they can get more mental privacy sitting alone in their car than they can in their own home. Many of us feel a lack of privacy, belonging and ownership attached to our homes.
In the past I’ve lived in just about every situation – good, bad and yes, with my parents as an adult (yikes). Heck, I’ve even slept on a mattress pad on the floor in one of my friend’s lofts in college for a couple months because #designschoolisexpensive. So it hasn’t always been glamorous, and it sometimes a sense of home is hard to nail down.
I bought my own house last year, but it wasn’t until recently, after it was remodeled, that I finally really felt at home there.
Now that my job is quite literally to create a sense of “home”, I’ve learned a couple of tricks to help no matter the situation. The article mentions five ways people lack the feeling of home, so I’ve provided some solutions to possible ease these pains based on my experiences.
If you are looking for more ideas on how to develop your sense of home, I love the book called Wabi Sabi Welcome that shares how people from all over the world find peace in imperfection and live, decorate and entertain accordingly. It’s cute on a coffee table too 🙂
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