We moved into this flat almost nine months ago now… and it still feels like we’ve just moved in. In fact, S still regularly says “I love our new home!” – that’s nice, but I think the reason it still feels like we’ve just moved in is that it’s still such a mess! We moved from a flat with lots of cupboards and storage space, to one with… none. My bedroom has become a dumping ground for everything that doesn’t fit in other rooms – because it’s the largest and has the least furniture in it.
Things that are in my bedroom but don’t necessarily belong there are: a piece of our sofa; four boxes of art & craft materials; three boxes of S’s old clothes that need to go to the charity shop; a massive pile of books I removed from our shelves and then took to my bedroom rather than the charity shop; a random bag of stuff that I removed from the living room one time when we had a visitor… I’m not even sure what’s in there; a box of Christmas things; several of S’s toys that have quietly made their way from her bedroom; a huge and ever-growing/teetering pile of S’s books; a huge and ever-growing/teetering pile of my books.
Add to this the fact I don’t have a proper wardrobe, and you’re heading for a disaster! My clothes are stacked (not very neatly) on a wooden shoe shelving unit, and my more expensive dresses are hanging from a curtain rail.
What I need to do is pull my socks up, and tidy the house up! I posted last week about S’s bedroom; the fact is that S’s bedroom is the easiest, because she’s never in there at the moment! My bedroom is where we both sleep, and where we spend a lot of our time on the weekends, watching dvds and dancing on the bed – so it should be somewhere calm and tidy… without S feeling the need to walk in and raise her hands in exclamation at the mess (she does this at least once a week).
There is a “cupboard” in the corner of the room, with a curtain rather than a door over it. Originally it was going to be a wardrobe but actually I’m thinking about buying a nice, new oak wardrobe and putting it on the other side of the room, and then using the cupboard space to basically just hide all the junk away! Realistically, I just need an awful lot of shelving on which to store our junk – and to be ruthless in my sorting through things.