Lately I have been feeling pretty homesick for my home town of Charleston, SC.
When we moved to Fort Benning, I knew it was going to be a temporary situation, less than a year and a half while my husband was attending schools (IBOLC, thankfully we were spared from the dreaded Ranger School!) Except for that boxes everywhere and not knowing where anything was, and that I did a horrid job packing to move here I considered not getting too settled into the house here. I mean, what is the point of decorating a house and getting it all organized just to put it all back in boxes in six months.
But a house full of packed boxes does not really make a home. And I soon discovered that the less our house felt like a home the more homesick I became. So here are my tips to help fight homesickness:
1. Actually unpack your boxes when you get there, no matter how long you are around for. This serves 2 purposes. A: it gives you something to do, keeps you busy and prevents you from dwelling on what you are missing from back home.; and B: when your things are displayed on the walls and book cases it gives you a more homey feeling.
2. When you are tired of unpacking boxes, get out and go do something in your new home. If its summer grab a book and head to the pool, go for a walk around town or post. Just DO something, something you will find enjoyable!
3. Add little touches of home in your decorations. Here are a couple of examples of decorations that remind us of home:
4. When it just gets too much call and talk to the people at home. If there is a certain product you just cannot get anywhere else ask them to send it to you.
5. See out new friends, they can help ease your homesickness because it gives you something and someone else to spend time with the distract your weary mind! Even if its hard and uncomfortable, reach out and ask for that Starbucks date. It sure beats sitting in your box filled house wishing for something we cannot have!