I’m all moved in!
Pictures to follow =)
I’ve moved into a flat containing four rooms – a bathroom, kitchen, living room and bedroom. It also includes a small linen closet and hot water cupboard.
Having lived in shared accommodation for four years, my belongings are used to occupying a total of three kitchen cabinets, a tiny bit of worktop-space and one 9’ by 9’ room. While living there for 30 weeks of the year, I had an entire bedroom full of belongings back here, in my 9’ x 10’ bedroom.
Although my efforts have been sporadic, I’ve been ‘down-sizing’ in order to fit everything in my bedroom again ~ having two 9×9 room’s worth of stuff in one 9×10 room is… cluttered. Especially as my parents have added a sofa bed to my room that never used to be there.
Upping My Space
While trying to explain my de-cluttering, I’ve come up an argument I wasn’t prepared for: “But you’ll have more space”.
I’m technically now living in four rooms; and my “stuff” would probably have fitted into these rooms – I’ve not measured them, but both the bedroom and living room are a bit bigger than the 9×10 room.
The kitchen is small, but compared to what I’m used to having: two fridge shelves, 3 cupboards and a tiny bit of space for my cups to sit on; I now have about 10 cupboards and a whole fridge and freezer. I have the whole bathroom not just a corner shelf (though I don’t need any more room than that, to be fair).
But that’s not the point.
As I said last week – for one thing, it needs to fit in two cars for the move.
Secondly; I hated how cluttered the room at my parent’s house felt. I didn’t feel productive or free there. I’d wake up, eyes opening to the big sofa in front of me, and every surface full of items. Even knowing that my wardrobe drawers were overflowing – despite not being able to see them – it weighed me down.
The Fresh Start
The point of this move, apart from the fact I was applying for jobs in Sussex and got offered one in Haywards Heath; which is too far to drive to from my parent’s house… was for a fresh start. For my stuff and for me.
The room at my parent’s house is covered in posters of animals, and of the characters from Charmed. I had a tapestry of Mickey Mouse that was a gift for my first birthday, and the paint includes prints of purple rabbits. It homed a CD player I no longer use, and notebooks FULL of diary entries I wrote in 2003. There were unused items and discarded toys…
This room was one of memories; but I’m no longer that 5-year-old who likes rabbits, that 10-year-old who loves the character Roo (see picture), that 15-year-old who loves Charmed.
This isn’t just about removing things I don’t use or love, but about letting go of things that are incongruent with who I want to be. am
In this flat, I am Katy Rose MSc, Children’s Caseworker; and I want to be able to embrace this sense of self without all the baggage of my childhood.
Do your items still match who you are and what you do?
Do you actually spend time with your items, using them?
– Rose –