Wednesday Write-Up: Making My Home

This past week we have been settling into our new place here in Phuket. I have actually had to clean my own house since we have moved in. I know it sounds like I truly have been spoiled to the point of rottenness, but I am telling you it is so cheap to have a housekeeper here that the attitude of most expats is a resounding “why not?”. In fact we had one that came weekly while we lived in Hua Hin, she was included in the rent. To be honest this is the first time I have had to really do any true housekeeping since we had an apartment in Lisbon, Portugal at the beginning of our trip. It has been months. Believe me, I am certainly not complaining about the luxury of having someone clean my house for me, but I am enjoying taking care of my own home again.I thrive on feeling the accomplishment of a glistening floor, or freshly laundered clothing on the line drying. I know some of you are silently hating me or wondering when I hit my head that made me crazily want to clean my own house when I really don’t have to, but I guess it makes me feel more like this is “MY” home. I feel so blessed and thankful to have the choice. Living in Thailand is better than I ever expected. (So come visit already!)

What do you do to make your house feel like your home when you first move in? Leave a comment and tell me! Thanks again for reading, following, and sharing!

  16 comments for “Wednesday Write-Up: Making My Home

  1. Patti Mitchell
    March 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

    We put pictures up as soon as possible! It definitely makes it feel homier (did i make that word up?) With the many times we’ve moved and going through another move now, making the house feel like home is very important! And you so arent crazy about the housework! There is something so satisfying about having a clean house and knowing its clean because you did it! Not prideful, just content 🙂 Cant wait to see you guys!

    • andthreetogo
      March 13, 2014 at 8:54 am

      That’s funny because we were just talking yesterday about printing out some of our favorite photos and hanging them. It’s the first time we have actually wanted to do that (in 8 years of marriage!). It definitely does make a place a home. Can’t wait to see you all too! 🙂

  2. Cyndie Tobin
    March 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I am a big shelf paper nut. It is not my place until I clean the cabinets and drawers and line with some carefully chosen paper or plastic liner (not contact type glued down ones).

    • andthreetogo
      March 13, 2014 at 9:13 am

      That’s a good one! I love this, I am getting so many ideas on how to make this more our home! Thanks auntie! My clean lined cupboards will be dedicated to you 🙂

  3. freebutfun
    March 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I actually think you are sane for wanting to take care of your home! I’m not saying there is anything wrong with having a housekeeper if you can afford it or it is means to stay sane in a hectic rush to work kind of life, but if you have the time, why not doing it yourself? I also find it good for kids to learn how to do chores as for most people it is something they’ll have to incorporate in their lives at some point. I never forget how I taught a 25 yo rich girl to boil an egg and do laundry (instead of buying new socks once she’d used them) when backpacking. She couldn’t access dads money and was in serious trouble as she had done none of this before.

    • andthreetogo
      March 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      I completely agree. Zoë loves helping with all the housework (she actually likes to go around and say she is the housekeeper hahaha).
      It was a good thing you were there to help that girl! I can’t imagine buying new socks instead of washing them! What a waste.

      • freebutfun
        March 13, 2014 at 11:38 pm

        It was quite interesting to travel with her, she was loads of fun but coming from a country with a vast middle class it is quite different to hear somebody say they “of course would help there parents to save (when they ran into financial trouble) by not needing to have a housekeeper for themselves but being able to share one with a brother.” But obviously one housekeeper for all four adult children would just not have been human… We have such different views on things…

  4. bakeritalia
    March 14, 2014 at 1:24 am

    It is a nice feeling to have your house all to yourselves. I have never had a cleaner but I want one now! ha,haa Enjoy being a domestic goddess while you can. I always unpack everything in the first 24hrs…its hard but done and no more boxes around

    • andthreetogo
      March 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

      I will. 🙂 here it costs about $10-15 to have someone come clean your house, at home it is at least $200. I love that I have the option. I hope hearing this, more friends and family will come love in Thailand with us, that’s my master plan hahah.
      I really like that about the boxes, I hate clutter and boxes laying around would drive me batty.

  5. Much to be thankful for!
    March 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I love how you make us all feel like a participant in your blog by asking the question at the end! You have a great way of asking that makes me want to answer. So, in response, one of the things that I feel makes my house feel like a home when moving in is hanging photographs or / and getting the kitchen in order.
    Thanks for the update on events and life there!

    • andthreetogo
      March 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks mom! I like both of your things to make a house a home. 🙂

  6. thebritishberliner
    March 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    It’s so nice moving into your own space and I know what you mean about cleaning it even though you don’t have to. It’s putting your mark on your new home. When my son was born, I had a cleaner for a year which my insurance paid for but my husband wasn’t keen on putting his hand in his pocket after that LOL!

    When moving house, I put my bookshelves up as soon as poss. and pictures and photographs. Oh and cushions. Makes the space more homely I think!

    • andthreetogo
      March 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Oh the bookshelves, that’s a good idea! How nice that your insurance paid for a housekeeper, is that a Berlin thing or a Britain thing?

  7. thebritishberliner
    March 23, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    It’s a Berlin thing and the cleaner went shopping for me too. It was great. The health insurance is very generous in Germany. I also requested a bilingual midwife and got it, not to talk of a water birth too. That was awesome!

    • andthreetogo
      March 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      Wow! I am a little jealous.

      • thebritishberliner
        March 24, 2014 at 8:05 am

        Aw. Shucks. You’re too kind. 🙂

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