I just returned home from a short road trip to Durango, CO. The brisk fall weather and scenery were wonderfully refreshing. And it was good to be out of my routine for a couple of days. Then, as usual, I was just as glad to return home as I was to leave it in the first place. There’s a reason we have these sayings:
Home Sweet Home…There’s no place like home…A man’s home is his castle…Home is where the heart is….
Aren’t we all more comfortable at home? And if you aren’t, what needs to change so that you are…?
Here are some things to notice when staying in a hotel room:
Cleanliness: Thank goodness my hotel room was (and they usually are) very clean. How clean is your home? Do you need to step up your cleaning routine? Or ask for some help? I could stand to dust more often. Or, as someone told me when I first moved to New Mexico, “That’s not dust, that’s enchantment.”
Clutter: Which is more cluttered: the hotel room, or your home? I find it depends a lot on how big the hotel room is, and how much surface space there is (desk, table, dresser, counters). The first thing I do is to gather up all the little welcome signs, tent cards, flyers, brochures, menus, guidebooks, TV schedules, and unneeded toiletries and put them in a drawer out of sight. If there wasn’t much surface space to begin with this can make all the difference. Or, maybe your hotel room is so tidy that it inspires you to de-clutter when you return home.
Furniture: My hotel was full of antiques. It was a lovely place to visit, but I am just as happy with my home décor, which does not involve antiques, unless you count my Mom’s cedar chest from the ’50s.
Décor: Did the patterns and colors on the walls, floor, bedspreads, and curtains play together nicely? Or did they make you cringe? What about at home? Is it time to upgrade or delete something?
Lighting: Did your hotel room have adequate ambient, task, and accent lighting? Does your home? Do you need to add a reading lamp, perhaps, like I do?
Accessories: If you found your hotel room cozy and inviting, what was it that you liked about it? My room had a nice little sitting area with two chairs, a table with lamp, and a shelf full of old books. I think the books were there mostly for ambiance, but they were readable.
Shower Pressure: This is something I always notice. Hotel water pressure (and shower stall/tub configurations and controls) can be hit or miss. I have recently changed a shower head at home, after having tried unsuccessfully to clean the old one of hard water deposits.
Luxury: Was there a nice fluffy bathrobe? Do you have one at home? Why not? How did you like the bedding? I once returned home from a cruise and completely changed my bedding based on what they had on the ship. It was a comforter with a sheet-like, soft (mine is 700 thread count), washable cover instead of a top sheet, blanket and bedspread. So simple! Also makes it easier to make my bed in the morning.
What do you enjoy about a good hotel room? Or hate about a bad one?
What do you love (or hate) most about returning home after a trip?
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