The one in which I finally show you pictures of our lounge

23 Jul

A while ago, before we moved, I read an entry over at Down to Earth about simplifying your bedroom and how important it is to have clear and relaxing place to sleep.
It makes sense doesn’t it? If you want to simplify your life, clearing up the clutter from your house makes a good place to start.

But at the time, reading that entry just made me sad. My bedroom wasn’t clear. My bedroom wasn’t a haven of relaxation. My bedroom wasn’t light and airy. In fact I felt like my whole house was in a constant state of disarray.

It might sound weird to people who don’t give two hoots about living in mess, but it simply isn’t me. I am an ordered person. I tidy up as I go along. It makes me stressed when things are strewn around, and it makes me doubly stressed when I am too embarrassed to invite people round on the spur of the moment because my house is a mess.

The problem I had was storage. I thought it was because our flat was small, but actually having moved into an even smaller flat I now realise it wasn’t that at all. No storage meant that even when things were tidily piled away they were still in sight, and let face it, piles are rarely tidy things. Things were cluttered, got dusty easily, and it was tiresome having to move everything and re-pile it when cleaning.

Add laminate floors into the mix and you have my downfall. I know, I know…laminate floors are meant to be great. Easy to clean and all that. But actually they just show up the dust two seconds after you have swept it and for me that’s just depressing and makes me not want to bother cleaning in the first place. I prefer not to be able to see the squalor I’m living in to be honest.

And that brings me to our current state of affairs post move and the joy that is our new flat.

Sweet Williams

Our new flat that has carpeting in the hall, living room and kitchen.


Our flat that doesn’t have a dining table in the sitting room so we have space to relax and entertain.

Our flat that has enough space to dry our laundry, so the basket isn’t always overflowing.


Our flat which has enough storage in the bedroom so our clothes are always packed away rather than strewn everywhere.

Chess set

Our flat that has a sensible hot water system so we can have hot water for washing up whenever we want.

I think you get the picture. I love the new flat!

So, why don’t you see what you can de-clutter and tidy away today? I bet there are a few tops taking up space in your wardrobe that you hardly ever wear. What about all those toiletries that are stuck at the back of the bathroom cabinet? Why not have a swap party with your friends to get rid of some of your unwanted clutter?

What difference could it make to you? It might just mean you’ve got less housework to do, or it could totally improve your mood, your relationships, your motivation…your life!


One Response to “The one in which I finally show you pictures of our lounge”

  1. Thomas Ashmead July 24, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    Oh dear, I’m living in absolute squalor at the moment. All my stuff is still in boxes and I need to find space for it but rearranging the stuff that is already sorted. I have no idea when I’m going to do this though.

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