Make your Home in Turkey, YOUR Home!

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What a weird title this article has today, Make Your Home in Turkey, YOUR Home! Of course your home is your home, how could it not be. But it’s important to make your home, feel like your home, that it is your personal space and somewhere you love to be.

A few months back I wrote about how my husband and I where having a few problems and how we were dealing with these issues. After I had a little stay in the UK, we certainly feel back on track.

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One thing that we think brought on a lot of problems was the fact that we were hoping for my Husband to get a transfer to a new school along the coast of Turkey, with hope that we could settle there. This didn’t happen and at the time we were kind of devastated that we had served our time here in Sakarya and still have to remain here for another year.

We hadn’t done much to our home since moving in 3 years ago, few pictures on the walls, no new furniture, not buying ornaments and things which make a space feel like home. Because we were always thinking about leaving and having to pack and moving our stuff. Of course where the people your love are, is always home, but making a space feel like yours is an important thing to do.

Some friends of ours have recently moved from Turkey to Montgomery in Alabama and so we’ve been talking to them about little changes you can make to your property to make it that little bit more special. They’ve just treated themselves to a new air conditioning unit from AirNow, which is their Montgomery, Al a/c repair services. I’m so envious!

Above all, this instability or feeling of being unsettled, is of course a negative energy which was and still is in some way affecting us and our home. Any negative energy is going to affect you in some way.

This leads me into what I want you to take from this article, because I always have a point to all I write!

I often get a feeling from those I talk to they are just waiting and not settling here in Turkey, I already wrote an article on waiting and how you have to live in the moment. And though I haven’t seen your homes, I have a feeling, that maybe some of you don’t make your home yours, especially if you rent, you don’t paint the walls, hang pictures up or buy that little trinket you see at the market. Your still waiting for something to change.

Its important to make your space where you live your own, no matter how long your going to stay there for, some seasoned travellers do this well, carrying little things like pictures of family, candles and little things to put out in their hotel room to claim the space as there own and make it feel more like home.

And its even more important to make your home in Turkey, your own. Its a way of accepting your life in Turkey by saying I belong here, this is my place, my families home and sanctuary away from everything else in the world. Turkey is my home too.

By creating YOUR home, you start to create a little bit of balance and a feeling of stability. One of my Turkish friends is not unlike me in many ways, living far from home with her husband and baby girl, with little friends or family. But she has done a fantastic job of making her home hers, despite it being rented, she’s changed the colour of a wall, hung pictures and has colourful rugs and knick-knacks around the home, she claimed the space and made there’s.

This is what we need to do here in Sakarya, especially as recent events at the school are making it look likely we may be here for sometime to come and coastal living is something in the far future for us. We are finally getting photos framed, looking at buying new bits and pieces for the home and if we do stay here in Sakarya, in the summer we will buy some new furniture.

If you recognise that you need to do more to make your home yours, you don’t need to spend a fortune to make it yours, even moving the furniture around or hanging a few pictures may change how you feel about your home.

I know for sure where ever we are and where ever we are living, from now I will be claiming my space and making my home in Turkey, MY home and a place for my family to be happy.

What little things do you do to make your home yours?

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12 Responses to “Make your Home in Turkey, YOUR Home!”

  1. 3rd January 2014

    Jane Reply

    Since moving to Mersin it wasn’t a home until we hung our paintings. Then it was our home.

    • 7th January 2014

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Just yesterday we finally got some drawings and ebru art framed and will put them up this week, its going to make such a difference.

  2. 3rd January 2014

    Alan Reply

    . . when J and I came here 16 years ago we brought everything – and I do mean everything! Then, over the years we have filled up on all sorts of other stuff, every bit of which is ‘ours’. As a result of that and merging into the local village community we feel more ‘at home’ here than we’ve ever done anywhere else. Your point is so well made – if the hearth is warm and homely then your heart will feel welcome.

    • 13th January 2014

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Thank you for your comment Alan, its lovely that your home feels like home. Since I wrote the article we have made some changes and bought some bits and pieces and got pictures framed and we feel so much better for doing so.

  3. 3rd January 2014

    backtobodrum Reply

    Books – if I’m surrounded by the books I love, I feel at home.

    • 7th January 2014

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      I brought lots of books with me from the UK, think my parents though I had gone mad paying for them to be sent!

  4. 19th January 2014

    Mary Reply

    I totally get the books thing and only people who love books/reading will understand! When I moved into this flat I did not have the same room I had in my old flat so had to get rid of lots of books it was awful. I think pictures etc really make a home but its hard if your renting I do find myself saying when I have my own house I will have it this way etc..

    • 20th January 2014

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Hate getting rid of books thats why I have so many. I am always dreaming of what I will do in my house when we buy one……….someday 🙂

  5. 22nd January 2014

    Claudia Reply

    Hi Kerry: I think it’s definitely books then pictures and family photographs. Oh yes and Turkish carpets! And when you finally buy your own place, it is so much fun to arrange all your stuff and know it’s YOURS!!

    • 23rd January 2014

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Claudia I keep dreaming of what I will do with my own home, but for now I must be content with what we have!

  6. 24th March 2014

    Vicky Reply

    With my husband we moved around a lot but we had a mobile with fish on it. Even when we were surrounded with boxes the first thing we did when we moved into a new place was put up the mobile, a bit like animals peeing around their territory to mark it. You are right, it is very important to add that personal touch to make you feel really settled.

    • 26th March 2014

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      It does help to have those little things that say home! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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