home is where you hang your hat

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It’s two weeks into the new year and I’m already on the move.

I’ve moved out of my sister’s place and I’m living on my own once again.

My new address?

A four month sublet in a little apartment in a charming house.

It’s only temporary, but for now, I call it home.

moved to move

In my 30 plus years, I’ve lived in all sorts of dwellings: dorm, hostel, studio, apartment, triplex, townhouse, semi-detached, house, etc. But alas, I’ve never lived on a boat.

We moved quite a bit when I was growing up, so you might think at some point I’d want to put down some roots.

A part of me wants to, but a bigger part of me (who is a lover of change) enjoys moving somewhere new.

And since I’ve decided to stick around Waterloo for a while and not do very much traveling this year, moving from one place to another can provide me with some excitement.

the year of the sublet

Waterloo is a university town. A lot of students also do co-op terms, so there are always sublets available year round. I could literally go from place to place every four months.

I’m not sure that’s what I’ll do this year, but I’m not ruling it out either.

If I find a charming place of my own that I want to lay down some (tiny) roots in, I’ll take it in a heartbeat.

But if nothing turns up that makes my heart go a flutter, I’ll treat the year of the sublet as an adventure!

Wherever I end up this year, as long as I’m living there, I’m home.

Please note: In the image above, that is not my coat rack, nor is that my framed photography . . . the hat, however, is mine. This sublet has a lot of framed photography. Since I don’t have anywhere to hide them, I’m trying to appreciate them. Most were taken in Japan, so I’m pretending I took them while on a journey a long, long time a ago.

13 thoughts on “home is where you hang your hat

  1. Caitlin

    What makes a home a home is a feeling, not an address. And people can have many homes. When my partner travels to Ireland, he calls it going home. But when he comes back to the states, he also calls that coming home. When I leave work every day, I go home. When I stayed at my mom’s house for the holidays, I went home.

    It’s all about where you’re happy and safe, I think. And for some people, that doesn’t take much! It took me a while for my apartment to feel like home, but others (like you) seem to settle right in to changing scenery with no big deal. Maybe you carry your home with you.

    Maybe home is where my cat is. I don’t know for sure!

  2. living lagom Post author

    It’s true. When I was living in Toronto, that was home. But then when I’d visit family in Kitchener-Waterloo, I’d say I was going home.

    I agree that home is more of a feeling, than a thing.

  3. living lagom Post author

    Actually we “share” 4 out of 5 Great Lakes. Let’s pick one and I’ll meet you in the middle! I’ll be the girl with the water wings, bobbing around.

  4. livingsimplyfree

    I think we get used to a certain way of living, we moved quite a bit when I was little so I never had much attachment to any one home, as an adult I continued to live that way for several years, it was what I knew and staying put too long made me itch to move on. I decided when my boys were school aged that I needed to stay put for them. It was so hard on me. After two years the need to move would rear its head and I would be uncomfortable until I could change something. I found myself rearranging furniture, painting rooms, anything that would make the space feel different. I’m finally at a place I love (at 50) and can say I enjoy where I am and don’t feel the need coming up to the surface any longer, hope it remains this way as I’m just tired of moving.

    As for what makes a home, quiet (can’t stand loud traffic), and comfort. If the seating doesn’t suit me or the walls are plain white I can’t be comfortable and happy. So I guess home is when the space soothes me and reflects back to me who I am.

  5. living lagom Post author

    I’m still in the “itch” phase. I did live somewhere for 5 years (which was the longest I’ve lived anywhere since I was 14). But then I decided to do some traveling. Since then I’ve moved 5 times in the last 2.5 years. Hmm. That’s a lot.

    And what is it about 2 years?!?!? That seems to be my max on a lot of things.

  6. livingsimplyfree

    I sure wish I knew why 2 years, maybe it’s because the first year I was busy settling in and doing new things in the space, the second year was settled and that’s where my problem comes in. I didn’t like feeling settled, I needed new.

  7. markadamdouglass

    Enjoy your subletting adventure. Every home has its own history, and now you get to add to its story.

  8. Barefoot Bodhi

    I just moved into my own rented place after 6 months in a sublet. It was the attic of a house with 4 other guys, but I mostly stuck to my own space. The guy whose room is was had a big vintage gin poster and a matted photograph of a sunset over water. I appreciated those, too. It felt very bohemian.

    Enjoy subletting!

  9. living lagom Post author

    This place is decorated in a style that I enjoy, but wouldn’t necessarily pick for myself. I would describe it as cottage cozy. I get to test it out with no money down. :)

  10. Sara

    I can agree with the concept of having your home wherever you happen to be, having moved 15 times in my 39 years, so far. For me, home is where my two small dogs and I are, and home is also the base camp where I come back from work every day and mostly stay in on the weekends :) I just recently moved for a second time in six months, which seems rather a lot at this point in my life; especially since the previous one was supposed to be rather more permanent this time around. Oh well, you never know. I’m getting divorced, so I had to move, and luckily found an apartment to rent amazingly quickly. Not owning a lot naturally made moving easier, and I’m quite content on not getting all new stuff that I’m most probably not even going to use. And who knows, I might be moving again one of these days, so I think I’ll stay as light on the stuff-o-meter as I can.

  11. living lagom Post author

    I’ve never enjoyed the physical act of moving. Keeping my stuff to a minimum definitely helps. I think there would be a lot more minimalists in the world if people had to move their stuff every couple of years.

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