Dream: I keep having this recurring dream about a house. There is this house I keep going to, this house doesn’t look as large as it is. I open doors in this house that have many furnished rooms. Some of these rooms are in disarray. There are clothes in the closets that make me think people once lived there. There is not a number on the house. I have this dream 3 to 4 times a year! Could you please tell me what this means!
DreamsMaster: A house in a dream commonly represents one’s Self, which is to say one’s personal identity or personality. Consider this as you think about how you’ve described this particular house in your dream. I’m going to project myself into your dream and interpret it as if it were my dream…
It doesn’t look as large as it is: Looks may be deceiving – I may not appear like much on the surface, but inside I’m complex and multi-faceted.
Many furnished rooms: On the most part I’m well put together. There’s no mention of the style of the furnishings, so perhaps this represents that on the whole my thinking is rather conventional.
Some rooms are in disarray: Part of me is confused and not as well organized in my thinking; some areas are feeling out of control.
Clothes in the closets, other people once lived there: Could represent different personas I’ve donned in my life, different roles I’ve assumed.
No number on the house: I’m reminded of the lyrics of a Bob Seger song, “I feel like a number — I’m not a number”, having to do with one’s individuality. Could also represent lacking a feeling of belonging, not an established part of the community.
The fact that this is a recurring dream suggests repeated circumstances in your waking life have been triggering a level of self-reflection. Speaking of levels… is this house one-story or multiple stories? This also may be a metaphor for how “grounded” you are, or how “multi-dimensional”.
When you dream of this house, what feelings are evoked inside of you? Is it a pleasant experience, or is it uncomfortable? Do you feel at home in the house, or do you feel like an intruder? The dream could be making a statement about how comfortable you are in your own skin, as you transition through the events in your life.
Next time the dream occurs, make note of what was on your mind that night and what you did the previous day. Do this each time you have the dream, and you’re bound to recognize a pattern. The dream is processing something important, and trying to send you a message. It may be your innermost self telling you to “take inventory” of your life, and to consider what you could be doing to eliminate some of the clutter.