For the last couple of years, I keep dreaming that I am moving back in to the first home that my husband and I ever owned. Despite the fact that we have “moved on up” in the quality of the home we now own, I am always super excited in my dreams to be moving back in to this old fixer-upper.

*Yes, that is the actual house I dream about ->

It’s actually pretty common in dreams to find yourself residing in a home you haven’t stepped foot in for decades. I get asked about it all the time.

The best way I’ve found to figure out these “old house” dreams is to first realize that it’s not really about the house but rather who YOU were when you lived in that house.  Remember, EVERYTHING in your dreams is symbolic of some part of you and some part of your life. So that former house in your dream is really some part of you that needs your attention and focus right now. What happens in the dream and even the rooms that are focused on in the dream are insightful clues.

Let’s use my dream as an example. In my dream we are moving back into the house. I am excited about it. And in most of these dreams I am unpacking and setting up the room in the house I used for art in real life. When I open the closet, I discover that the previous owners were in the process of expanding it into a playroom/man cave. It’s not yet finished but I am excited to find it and more than willing to finish it.

In real life, when I lived in that house, I spent a good deal of time painting, designing T shirts and greeting cards. When we eventually moved from that house, I stopped creating art because I was focusing on building my career as a professional Dream Analyst. So that house and that room in that house represent me the artist.

Just under two years ago, when the dreams began, I had started painting again (after 18 years of doing nothing with my art). Essentially, I was “moving back in” to the groove of being an artist. I am excited in my dreams because, in real life, I wake up excited every day knowing I am going to paint! The playroom/man cave that I discover in the closet that is under construction is my Pin Up portrait business. I started it in February of this year and it has been growing ever since. And I think the man cave aspect of the room is that many of my pin up portraits are given as gifts to husbands and boyfriends that hang them in their man caves.  Ha ha!

The message of these dreams is: “This old part of you is back. Continue to build it and play with it. Continue to enjoy it. Don’t stop it like you did before.”

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I just love my dreams. They never fail to guide me. Your dreams are doing the same for you. Here are some questions to ask yourself that will help you find the message in your former house dreams:

How would you describe yourself and your life when you lived in that house?

Is there anything in your current life that seems or feels similar to back then?
– If so, do you need to nurture that or move on from it?

How are you feeling in the dream?
– What in your current life causes you to feel the same way?

Is there any particular room that your dream seems to have more focus on?
– If so, what was that room typically used for? For example, a bathroom is used to cleanse and to relieve yourself. What from back then do you need to cleanse and relieve yourself of? A kitchen is used to prepare, to eat and to feed others. Is there anything from back then you are hungry for now?

In a nutshell, dreaming of your former home will typically mean there is something from back then you either need to bring into your current life or that you need to leave in the past. The questions above should help you figure out what it is. Life is all about growing and improving as we move forward in time. Our dreams advise us on what to leave behind and what to take with us along the way.

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25 thoughts on “Dreaming of a house you used to live in

  1. I have read many articles on this matter and this is the first one to make any sense to me. Thank you.

    1. Pamela says:

      Same here I even went out and brought a book but its so complicated with its interpretation of dreams.

  2. Twyla Ivey says:

    I agree with Shannan Crews. It has given me something to reflect on today as I realize now this dream has several meanings!

  3. Last night I dreamed that I was going back to the house I was adopted in (in MA) and looking around for all the toys I played with from 1965-1975 when I moved to CA. Could you please tell me what this means?

  4. Mary Mcgrath says:

    I am having many bad dreams lately between murder, being robbed, and scorpions which I completely fear, any thoughts?

  5. Di says:

    I have dreams of living in a house years ago , now buying this house and renovating it exactly how I would want it in this dream.

  6. Dawn says:

    I have the same dream of both a home I lived in and an apartment I lived in years ago. In my dreams I feel nostalgic, like I’m at home. All my belongings are always there the same way I left them, but I never stay. Everything I have these same dreams I want to know what they are trying to tell me.

  7. Melanie says:

    I have a recurring dream of returning to my apt. I lived in 14 years ago and thinking I’m going to live there but I end up out in the cold because others bought it and live there. I also visit my old job there and my co workers distance from me. I was alone living there but happier there than I am in my hometown. I’m retired and alone here. The culture here I do not like. I had another dream about it last night. I’m very sad and lonely. Thanks!

  8. Holly hudson says:

    I keep having the same dream about my old house.. mainly in the garage and basement which is where I usually stayed. Every dream I have in that house there is a bad thing, like a ghost, monster, or dinosaur or even I was in jail.. and I’m with a group of other people, and my little brother, we are trying to help someone, but then a bad thing shows up and we have to hide and try to defeat it. I always find a way to defeat it, but I wake up before I know if I actually succeed or not..

  9. Joy says:

    Omgosh I am having the same dream except my ex fiance is in it also and we are renovating the house. The main room we were in was the dining room. I did become anxious when I thought he had left, but he was just in another room. Ugh that house makes me feel so happy and I miss it so much. My current situation is awful with my husband and I’ve been trying to leave him for months, but feels bad because he will be homeless. My ex just recently started talking to me again more than usual because he left his wife about a month ago. We still talked while they were together, but not this much. Ugh wish I knew what this dream was about.

  10. Francisco Gonzalez says:

    I dreamed about a house i had to move out of when i was 11 back in 2008 becuase my dad Did something very bad. I looked at the house on google earth and it looked like it got fixed more and there was a new fence on the back and The yard looked like it was modtly grass instead of rocks. In my dream we were moving back in but with my sister’s husbands side of the famiñy whch we nevr talk to. In the front yard there were black travel bags and insde them were old clothes i have not seen in years since we moved from there and The bags were outside all the time so they were dirty. In the toom we Used to sleep in i saw a box filled with old things i had when i was a kid there like my nintendo’s and all the games underneathe them. I wanted to take my stuff we had to live behined but the family of my sister’s husband would not let me and i felt sad but my brother,other sister,mom,and my other sister’s husband Did not seen to care becuase they were playing xbox360!!!

  11. Aida says:

    Everything you said made sence and you was right. Im impressed. I will work on what i need to do. Thank you for helping me see where and what i need to work on.

  12. Sarah says:

    Any insight into dreaming about a house that you owned and return to using a key the new owner doesn’t know you have? In the dream I’m always afraid I’ll get caught, but it feels so nice to return and yet, it’s unfulfilling because they’ve changed so much of what I remember. I usually hide somewhere in the house when I hear them return, and then wake up before they find me. This has been happening off and on for 3 years…

    1. margaret martin says:

      Sarah, i have the same dream.

  13. Emily says:

    I have recurging dreams about going to places I used to live (apartment, dorm, hotel in Mexico!) & find I left lots of “stuff” behind (clothes in closet, furniture, etc.). I always try to collect my things but am deterred because I shouldn’t be there for some reason (landlord coming I owe $ to, new people live there). These dreams always seem very real & upset me. 🙁

    1. Chantelle says:

      I have the same dream to about my old apartment … Last night I kept taking things to the hallways to store til I got it all but i felt I was having to rush bc I wasn’t supposed to be there bc I owed money or something … It’s all my belongings tho so I find it hard to leave bc there’s still stuff left over.

  14. uwt says:

    Anywhere you exchange breadth with becomes first in line with what can show up in your dream. You exchanged breadth and walked bare footedly in this house. It becomes a place where deposits of you have been invested. The spiritual foundation of that place can affect your destiny for good or otherwise. For example if there is an embargo of fulfilment placed on anyone who lives more than a day under that roof; then you may be under its influence. However, it dosent hurt to renounce any embargo or limit placed upon your life by any dwelling, using the name of Jesus. A name which is above any name.

  15. Claudine Haviland Malyon says:

    I only moved out of my house almost 2 years ago, but we lived in that house for 28 years. Now I dream about going back to it, and it’s always different on the inside and I end up crying in my dream, remembering how it used to look. I actually dreamed about it just last night, and It was a home with kids and they’d completely changed the inside, and I was walking around saying what it was before. I just want to know why I keep dreaming about that home.

  16. Maree says:

    I don’t know if my dream is positive or not.
    I dream of the house I lived in with my ex husband, I sleep in our bed with my new boyfriend.
    In the morning when I “wake” within the dream my ex husband shows me around the house.
    How he doubled the size of the gaming room (which I do a lot of gaming now so I can’t see that being the issue), he has added a lot of storage to the home, he even kept adding photos to the photo wall & kept photos of myself & my family up on the wall which made me cry.
    I told him I was glad he was doing well & he told me it hadn’t been easy.
    That was it.
    I hate when he turns up in my dreams, it makes me afraid I’m not nearly as over him as I believe myself to be.

  17. Mariah says:

    I’ve had a dream about the same house several times this year, but the house is different on the inside than in real life. In real life, this house is definitely haunted. I’ve only had “good” interactions with paranormal in there but my stepdad who was not a believer, had bad experiences because he would mock who/whatever was there. My experience was waking up to being tucked into bed by who I assume was an older woman, and another which wasn’t so awesome for me, walking through the apartment in the house to my sisters and dads bedrooms (yes my mom, Dad, and stepdad all lived together) and I walked through what felt like the thickest spiderweb on the planet and my brain went all fuzzy but the “fuzzy” took the shape of a man.
    Anyway. In my dream, the house isn’t haunted by people, but it’s a giant maze inside, built like a boardwalk along a river, but instead of a river, it’s like different animal exhibits. Not bright and beautiful like a zoo, but dark and sad. I’m not always walking by myself when I dream inside either, occasionally someone is walking with me and we get separated at some point. At the end of the dream, (this is the most reoccurring scene my dream focuses on) I’m at a corner of this walkway and there’s water where it shouldn’t be, I remember stepping over it so you couldn’t hear the plush of my foot. There’s wrong wrong on the otherside of the puddle into a different walkway but idk what it is. I’m always inning from it, but I keep feeling like it’s someone doing experiments or someone who caused the spill on accident and I’m trying to stop whatever it is they’re doing and the person I’m with keeps going off without me or I go off without them and we have to find each other again. I lived in this house when I was 15 and I’m almost 22 now.
    I’ve been having reoccurring dreams all week but of different things. The night before last, I was in love with someone who I never met and when I woke up, I was horrible sad. I woke up several times in the night because my son kept getting up. But every time I went back to sleep, the dream continued which doesn’t normally happen for me. Once I was really awake, I was watching a show and felt super attached to one of the characters who resembled the person in my dream. I’ve had this dream once before, different things would happen but I always woke up feeling sad and off the whole next day.
    2 other dreams I had as a young kid that reoccur, one where im on my car seat and my mom parks the car at the top of the hill we lived on and gets out to go inside the house and then suddenly the car rolls down the hill into traffic, but I always wake up right before I get myself out of the car seat.
    The other one is when I’m at my grandmas and I have this weird vampire thing that follows me but it’s just a mask (this mask/friend pops up in other dreams too) and I leave my grandmas house and run and run and run down this street to a giant warehouse full of inflatableplay houses and slides and foam pits. I’ve tried to find it in real life but I was only 5 so I couldn’t get very far.

    Sorry for the long post, all this dreams have been driving me crazy and none of them seem to correlate with each other and I can’t piece them together to fit my life.

  18. Will says:

    You should want to help these people if you really have the “gift”.
    Instead you have the want for $ and recognition….these are not gifts, but the attributes of your trueself…deception driven greed.
    Revert talk about that on a show?
    Good day “gifted” one.

  19. Allison Jae says:

    What does it mean when you dream about moving back to the a house you used to own but the house burned down? Then today I found a house a short walk away that reminded me of the house that burned down.

  20. Kimberly DeFrance says:

    I dream of the first home I owned and my grandmother’s house. Each time I dream there are secret rooms and they are much larger In size. Also, the backyard usually contains a beautiful labyrinth or Italian water fountains.

  21. Eleanor and Ainsley says:

    Every night for the past four years i’ve had reoccurring dreams of a house I lived in when I was 9-12, It was my grandmothers house. I talked to everyone that lived there when I did but none of them have dreamt of it since we left, except my twin sister. We both had similar incidents whilst in the dream. The most common one being seeing and hearing things that were never there. The entity that manifested itself into our lives has taken many shapes and voices when interacting with either of us, individually. We shared similar experiences but with different “spirits”, mine being female and hers being male. Mine would tell me every time our family had a disagreement or would say mean things to me to “wake up, this is just a nightmare and once you wake up all of them will be gone”. And my sisters would often tell her to hurt people and/or do things she didn’t want to.

    When I drift off into sleep it’s like I’m underwater, or like I’m traveling through my mind and whatever is in that house is trying to make me remember something. I see myself laying in bed, when in that house I often had sleep paralysis and trouble sleeping, and I can see a woman sitting at the foot of my bed. And from where I am everything she says sounds from miles away but I can hear the melody of my grandmothers favorite song. I often find myself in a room that I was never allowed in when I lived there, the walls are all red and I’m laying on a cold examination table in only a white night gown. A man with a face I could never see because he’s constantly shaking it, walks up to me and without even thinking about I ask him “are you going to kill me?”, to which he replies, “death is too good, even for you” and he performs ECT on me and everything afterwards is a blur.

    Whilst in the dream we see many of our dead relatives but they never say anything, it’s like whatever was in the house was keeping them from warning us about them. The house was like a body and that specific room was the stomach feeding on the people inside. Everyone that lived in it was always at their worst, except me and my sister, we are both “different” from other people. We always felt things stronger than everyone we know, we find good in everyone and everything no matter how damaged and we’re not sure if that’s why the house latched itself onto us. We are not certain what our dreams mean and why we’re the only ones having them but we ask for your advice on our situation.

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