Creating a home in a new country is a fun challenge. Because we still own a home (with a basement full of stuff) in the US, I did not want to purchase too many duplicates of things we already owned. Really thinking about what makes “home” helped me choose my purchases. I LOVE to bake – cooking dinner, not so much! That meant a stand mixer was on the top of the list, after buying the basics – couches, chairs, beds, tables, washer & dryer, ‘frig, etc. That led to muffin tins, pie plate, cookie sheets.
My husband & I love to have people over for meals, so we purchased a dining table that easily seats 8. We have had up to 14 people over, though, by dragging in the kitchen table & chairs, porch chairs, office chair, etc.
Because of the large numbers of people we serve, a crockpot was next on the list – so easy to get a crockpot & a kettle of soup simmering – no last-minute anxiety about getting the meal ready.
And having pretty things is important to me, too. 3 quilted wallhangings soften the plaster walls, add color, personalise our home, and deaden the echoes of a new house.
Have any of you made big moves – how did you decide what is important to you?