Nesting 101


A singer named Lynda Randle said her husband teases her about creating “home” with candles and books when they travel. I can totally relate. I brought books to cover several areas and my favorite candle to our hotel. The other night I couldn’t sleep, and was very antsy. I sat in one chair, then the couch, then the chair- deciding that it just didn’t feel right. Suddenly inspiration hit, the problem was that this place isn’t my “home”. I unpacked those books, set them out on the wide windowsill and have a new bookshelf. Then I decided to rearrange the kitchen shelves how I would at home. I knew I had issues that might need deeper help when I started arranging my gardening books in the kitchen window, looking everywhere for just the right accessory to balance against it. Nothing worked, so I settled on the beautiful tomatoes I had bought that day.

Housekeeping must have thought “This lady is nuts!” when they came the next day. Perhaps our room is the talk of the front desk.  It is worth it. No matter where we are, it has always been important  to create a special place. Feeling cozy is so valuable. Being a nester by nature doesn’t come without its share of good-natured teasing from others. However, those same people love to come to a nester’s space.

Are you a closet nester? Do you read the Home Comforts book just to relax? Embrace your inner nester and put it to use. You will feel more comfortable wherever you are, and isn’t that something anyone can appreciate? We have had a lot of homes, and it has been very distressing at times. Learning to just do what you can, with what you have, to build a comfy place to land is worth the effort.

Hmm, I wonder if the front desk would mind if I snuck down and rearranged the coffee bar with a few candles and books?


About christasterken

Committed to a life of purpose. Learning to live abundantly. Embracing creativity. Questioning. Delighting in the comforts of home and family. Determining not to settle only for how things are, but how they could be. Writing is part of who I am, so I trust In God who gave the gift to show me how I can serve Him through it. That is my life…one word at a time. Psalm 89:11a“Teach me your way , O Lord, and I will walk in your truth”

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  1. I have a friend who traveled with her husband quite a bit early on in their marriage. She had certain objects – a candle being one of them, as well as some photographs, I think – that meant “home” wherever she placed them. So, whether it was in a hotel room, the home of a friend, or a tent, with those objects present, it was “home.”

    I’ve never forgotten that. Such a healthy way of living! The objects reflect the heart of the people. And, after all, home IS where you hang your heart!

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