Common scents and other smells
We all get so seduced by images of beautiful homes that it is sometimes easy to forget the other senses.
For me, smell is one of the most powerful senses, especially for evoking long forgotten memories.
Not long after we moved into our house, I realised that the furniture polish used on our fire surround was the same as that used on the floorboards in the hall where I had dance lessons as a girl.
One deep breath and I was back with my beautiful dance teacher running through ballet positions.
Although it was a fairly common polish when I was growing up, I had not smelled it for years, giving me a real blast from the past.
The smell of wood fires — particularly outdoors — tends to have the same effect, reminding me of family camping holidays or nights in the country.
Just as you can’t really smell your own perfume after a while, I think most of us don’t realise that our homes give off their own scent.
Hopefully, it’s not the smell of rising damp, cigarette smoke or pets that are not quite house trained.
But if the growing scented candle market is anything to go by, more of us are paying attention to whether we want our homes to smell of gardenia, cucumber or burnt fig.
I went through a stage where I dabbed essential oil on cotton wool and then vacuumed it up so that the air was scented while I performed my least favourite cleaning task.
While I enjoy the aroma of a scented candle strategically positioned in the hallway to catch the breeze, nothing beats the smell of fresh flowers or something good cooking in the oven.
Finding the scent for you can be as personal as choosing perfume so go with what pleases you most. Especially if you get stuck with the vacuuming.