As I grew up I was fortunate enough to do so living all over the world. Moving roughly every 2-4 years until I was fourteen its easy to say, moving became my norm and adjusting to a new setting and making somewhere else a new home my reality. A reality I loved and cherish as it led to meeting wonderful friends and experiencing certain cultures I may not have had the opportunity to otherwise.
When you move to a new place I learnt there are two adjustments you go through; making your new house feel like home, and making your new city feel like home. My bedroom has always been ‘my place’, as I’m sure many can relate. It’s my precious little hide a way that I love to make feel as cosy as I can, and its always the first place I focus on whenever we moved. Often times when we moved we spent the first week or so in a rental apartment as we waited to secure our new house, or for our freight to arrive, and once we moved in, reuniting with our own things made a monumental difference in making our new home feel like our home.
The first things I always searched for in the boxes when I was younger were my toys, but as I grew older, I wanted to find all my plush pillows, quilts and decorative ornaments I could place around my room to make it feel ‘finished’. Being the daughter of an interior designer and an organisation freak that means I won’t feel completely comfortable in a room until everything is in its place and looking pretty. These ornaments represent more than just something to make a room look pretty, they are memories from places I have been to, trophies from school, photographs of friends and things which bring me great joy. Its the sentimentality of these small ornaments which make the most impact and make a place feel ‘mine’. Being a photographer means I have taken a lot of photos, often too many to place on my pin board and with the growth of the digital age, I’ve seen the growth in digital photo frames a genius idea.. My family and I have a really old one which I think we originally purchased for my Grandparents a few years ago. It was so sweet to sit by this frame a few weeks ago when Chelsea was here sharing with her our Europe photos and taking through all the memories from the trip. Our frame however is quite old, meaning the technology isn’t quite what it is now and we might be due for an upgrade. I’ve been looking into Aura Frames, and they seem like the perfect fit. I love that in their technology, the frame and app itself will avoid photos which are low contrast, blurry, duplicate or low resolution so only the best photos make it onto the display. Have you used an Aura Frame? I would love to know your thoughts!
Pictures are so important when you move home because they allow us to hold on to what we had there, and remind us of good memories with good friends. I find this especially important when saying ‘goodbye’ just before you move is often incredibly hard. I found this so when we moved when I was in my teens mostly, and having photos all around me always made me feel like my friends from all over the world weren’t so far away. My parents always taught me not to stay couped up inside and to go and explore our new surroundings, so Dad and I often went for walks around the area and is one of our most precious share traditions. It was also a really easy way to learn our way around and get to know our new city, and slowly, everything starts to feel less foreign and more like home.
Making somewhere feel like home does take a little bit of time and a little bit or organisation. Leaving behind somewhere you loved can be hard, but building anticipation and excitement for new discoveries and loves in your new location can be just as wonderful. As you adjust I recommend allowing yourself some grace and some time, and soon enough you’ll see everything come together just as it should.
“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” – Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye.