I’m lucky I know to live in a home that I love, and where I feel safe and secure.
We’ve lived in quite a few different houses, and never regarded any of them as somewhere we’d stay for a long time. But your home isn’t really about the bricks and mortar, it’s about the things inside. The things that make you happy and make the house yours, that reflect your personality and hold your memories.
Insurers More Than asked me to think about the three favourite things in my home and after a little thought, here’s what I chose and why.
My jewellery box
My dad is a craftsman, brilliant with wood. For my birthday a few years ago, he gave me this beautiful oak and rosewood jewellery box. I’m so proud he can create things like this, and is thoughtful enough to do it. I know how long he will have spent sanding, joining, varnishing, until it was perfect.
I intend for it to stay in our family for generations. I wonder if my descendants will love and collect jewellery as much as I do? Can you imagine them 100 years from now storing their trinkets in it, talking about me and my dad and wondering at our lives? What will life be like for them then? It’s important to me that I have things in my home that belonged to my grandparents, so I love the idea that we may be creating things with future sentimental value.
But it’s what’s inside the box too. It holds my favourite pieces of jewellery and the things I wear most, including touching gifts from friends and family.
Bear with me.
I know some people view phones as a negative influence and I understand why. We’re too often absorbed in them, rather than the real world and people around us. I think we should all practice putting down our phones more often and for longer. But that said, what about the positive things that we can do now we have smartphones?
My phone makes sure I am always ready to capture, keep and share precious moments.
It lets me keep an eye on my blog (my baby), and keep in touch with loved ones. It means I can see my brother and baby niece whenever I want, even though they are 200 miles away.
I scroll through social media on it, so often my source of relaxation and inspiration. When inspiration hits me, I can make notes on it to remind me of my thoughts.
It organises me, making sure I pay my bills and fit in plans for fun things.
It stops me from getting lost. It brings me music and news. It helps me exercise, meditate, get up in the morning and decide what to wear.
For those of us that have them, smartphones have changed so many aspects of our lives. Now I’ve lived with my iPhone for a few years, I can’t imagine going back to living without it.
My wedding album
My wedding day was easily the most brilliant day of my life, and I love flicking through the pages of our photo album and looking at our and our loved ones’ smiling faces.
Not everything has worked out as we hoped on that day. We’ve had some tough times since then, but I love this wonderful, funny, caring man and I don’t know where or who I’d be without him.
Actually, though I’ve picked out my wedding album as one of my favourite things I really mean all of the things I have around me that bring back memories. That includes love letters between my husband and me from early in the last decade and photos of our dog who left a big hole in our lives seven years ago that has never really been filled.
Like I said at the beginning, we’ve lived in a few houses together – five in fact. I have a much stronger tendency to hoard than he does. I keep old photos I never really look at, books I’ve read and probably never will again, notes from studying for my degree and Masters.
Every time we move I stare and sigh at the number of boxes that have to be shifted and I think I should throw some of these things out. But I know I won’t, because it all being there – my life story in paper form – somehow helps make me feel whole.
What are the things in your home most special to you?
*written in collaboration with More Than, but all content my own