I discovered this fascinating article on The Cut “Why Can’t You Smell Your Own Home?“. It talks about how we get so used to smells that are non-threatening we stop sensing them. It seems that we “tune out” the smells, which probably explains why we stop smelling a perfumed candle or a pillow spray, after a little while. We simply get used to it, our brains calliberates that this is a “good” smell and stops paying attention to it.
The intriguing aspect is that our brain does this so that it can stay alert to catch “bad” or threatening odors. Thus, we turn away from a everyday scent in order to stay sharp on suspect elements in the air. There is a certain degree of irony to this; to lose appreciation because of an assured level of safety borders hideously on taking things for granted. This is good, therefore, I shall veer away from it, and prioritise that which is detrimental.
The article offers tips on how you can work keeping your sense of smell sharp. In order to smell your home, it suggests, going away helps. Well, that is beneficial to also refocus, to see things differently as well. Furthermore, it advises on taking the stairs and performing jumping jacks to keep your nose sharp. Some good old exercise to keep the blood flowing.
If after reading this you are worried your home is not upto the sniff, not to worry, here is another article with some sensible advice on how you can ensure your home smells lovely all year round.