What does your home say about you? Given my extremely poor housekeeping abilities, I choose to believe it doesn’t say a whole lot. And yet, no matter how hard I try to divorce my personal identity from the state of my floors, there’s no denying that the things I choose to surround myself with do reflect on me in some way. The cushions on my couch, the toys spilling out of the toy box, the fabric on my newly-designated craft shelf – these are things that I have spent money on, brought into my home, and made space for on an ongoing basis.
In an effort to get a glimpse of my life through my home, I’ve decided to list 10 things that I can see from where I’m sitting right now.
10 Things I See Right Now
- A large orange plastic baseball bat, lying on the floor beside my desk. It’s got a big indent roughly in its middle, where a small foot has stepped on it.
- Yarn that will become a Christmas gift for someone on my list. And I can’t say any more about that, other than the fact that seeing it still sitting untouched makes me feel a little bit guilty.
- My sewing machine, still threaded with the green thread I used to sew together my children’s costumes for the Christmas pageant. It’s actually good it’s still set up, because my daughter’s already torn a hole in one of her seams.
- A small booklet, created by my daughter. It’s made of several small pieces of paper, stapled together. There’s a picture of me on the cover, and the words ‘My Life, By Amber’. She made it as a diary of sorts for me, and frequently nags me because I haven’t yet written anything in it.
- Yoda, made from Mega Bloks, sits on my mantelpiece. An origami Darth Vader, made by my sister-in-law for my son, sits in front of Yoda. In my home, the two co-exist peacefully.
- Two laptops, both open and running, plus one extra computer monitor, which I’m currently looking at as I type. Both of these laptops are, in theory, for my use alone. One of them is for everyday use, and the other is for podcasting.
- A no-tip rocking horse, which my parents bought for my sister and me when I was seven years old. Its blank face has been enhanced by my daughter, who added half a smiling mouth and one eye to each side.
- The cat, looking at me expectantly, knowing that it’s almost time for her evening meal. For now, she’s content to just sit and stare. If I make her wait too much longer, though, she’ll undoubtedly resort to sitting on my keyboard.
- A collage my husband had made, featuring highlights from his work on the in-house show for the Vancouver Grizzlies. He still misses the NBA.
- Dress-up clothes, pouring out of the dress-up clothes box. It seems that item you’re searching for is never on top, which means that digging is nearly always required. Replacing the items post-digging is less of a priority.
What does all this mean? I suppose it tells you that I like to craft. That I have young children, who like to make art and play baseball and dress up. That I really have more technology than I can use. There’s probably more, too. For instance, I’ve kept an almost 30-year-old rocking horse. What does that say about me? I can only begin to imagine.
When you look around right now, what do you see? And what does that tell us about you?