I've lived in my current house for almost 3 years, and I have yet to put up an altar.
A little background. I previously lived on my own, in an apartment in Edinburgh, Scotland. Two of the rooms had cozy gas fires, with nice hearth areas, which first unconsciously, and later more consciously, became altars. I don't perform "magic" or cast circles, as far as I understand these things, but these were definitely places where I went to focus on the spiritual, make small offerings and so on. They felt good to have in my home.
My current Colorado farm house is so different from my previous home. The hearth area is ugly and dirty (wood burning stove, badly designed area, etc) and no room feels like it has a "centre" or even an appropriate corner. The whole house, even when clean and tidy, feels sort of anarchic. I live here with my new partner (I met him shortly after moving). He isn't a spiritual person, but he's open and supportive, and has no objection to me having an altar. I just can't seem to figure this out, and it's causing me some unhappiness. I can't figure out whether this is somehow a reflection of what's going on in me (I haven't been terribly happy here), some energy coming from my partner, from the house itself, or just more pragmatic things like the layout of the house. I wonder whether it's something to do with the fact that I'm just used to living alone and only having my own energy around. There are some trees on the far side of the farm that I go to, but it's a good half mile walk and awkward to get to.
I know you might want to tell me that it's okay not to have an altar, but it isn't something I think I "should" do, it's something I want to have in my life again.
Has anyone dealt with something like this? How did you solve it?