When you move to a new place, what is one of the first things you do to put your stamp on your new home? Do you put a welcoming wreath on the front door? Put your name on the mail box? Start bringing out your collections to display?
Well, here is one of the very first things I do that makes me feel like I'm truly home. I pick up some cheap but strong coffee beans at the store. I wash and dry a vintage mason jar. And then I fill it with the aromatic coffee beans, and stick a tapered candle in it. Then I light it.
That's how I know I'm home. No matter where I hang my apron, that first scent when I light it is so delightfully wonderful. Because I love the smell of coffee. I enjoy my coffee every morning.
This is my ritual.
I unpack boxes. Put books in the book shelves. Hang my clothes and set up my kitchen and bathroom. But that's what everyone has to do.
The candle is my treat to myself. It will sit on my stove and from time to time I will light it. Especially on rainy days when storm clouds are hovering and rain pounds on the roof. A lit candle makes a place seem so cozy.
Okay, it's your turn. How do you make a house your home? What little things are so important that you tend to repeat them in every new dwelling?