You know that sterile feeling you get in a hotel room?

There’s that sense of expectation – wondering what you’ll find beyond the closed door, before you’ve even stepped over the threshold.

At that moment, your bodies is in full “perception” mode, instinctively taking in everything about your surroundings.

In the end, though, it might feel inviting but completely generic – with no trace whatsoever of the previous occupants.

Last week’s trip to Atlanta was no different.

I did the usual quick assessment of my room, which seemed to be comfortably furnished and attractive.

After I few minutes, I noticed the room was actually speaking to me.

I don’t mean that in a ‘woo woo’ kind of way – it really spoke!

There were messages everywhere that said things like “Drink Me”, “Refresh” or “Need Something?”

Even the bath mat said “Step” – as in “step into the shower”.

It was fun and a bit quirky.

Did it make me feel more at home?

Not really.

The thing is, anytime we’re away from home there’s a key ingredient that’s missing – apart from your spouse, partner or kids.

What’s missing are all those little things that not only make your house your home – but are also a reflection of who you are.

Sure – once you hang your clothes in your closet, place your reading material by the bed and litter the bathroom counter with your toiletries – it might feel a bit more like home.

But not quite, even if it looks messy and lived in.

It’s a strange bed, after all, as comfortable as it might be.

You don’t have your favorite pillow.

Everything outside your window may, or may not, be familiar.

Do you remember when you first moved into your home, and it was empty and unfurnished?

How did it feel?

How did you put your personal stamp on it?

What about the last hotel room you stayed in?

I’d love to hear from you.

What is your favorite way to personalize your space and make it feel like home?