We just moved. Sort of…but not really. We did a pseudo move by acquiring a bunk bed entailing coordinating transport, removing furniture from two rooms, removing non-furniture items, and re-organizing. The re-organizing is still a work in progress and while not a full-scale move, it was still stressful and hard work.
For years we said things like ‘We’re renting. We’re ‘going to’ move to a larger place. It’s a temporary residence (six years later…)”. THIS ISN’T A GOOD ATTITUDE. AFTER A CHANGE IN MINDSET to “This is where I am at this moment”, it necessitated thinking out of the box to best utilize the space, a less expensive option than moving. Hence, the new (second-hand) bed.
Moving is expensive. There’s the cost of paying the movers, the move-out cleaning, painting and repairs, changing your address and the utilities, etc. With so much uncertainty because of the pandemic, I’d rather stay put and make due with my tight quarters than go through the hassle and expense of moving.
If you’ve got kids, you might relate to the scenario of your offspring wanting to be where you are. Even if we lived in a McMansion, they would still underfoot. Speaking of foot, I think I broke my toe.
Since I didn’t want anyone climbing on me or stepping on my toe, I would shout “Social distance from my foot!” This command proved to be ineffective, based on the number of times I had to repeat myself proving two things: 1) kids don’t understand social distancing and 2) my immediate circumference is where they want to hang out.
The new beds utilize vertical space, offer more options of where the kids can “hang out”, and provided a solution to moving. There were some heated debates of who was going to be in which room, so the happiness fairy must have forgotten to sprinkle happy dust on everyone, but we worked it out eventually.
Sometimes strategically placed shelves, replacing or adding a more functional furniture, or shifting things around can make all the difference in the world. If you are renting, change your mindset of thinking as your dwelling as temporary and “own” your space for as long as you’re there and make it work.
Thanks for reading.