For a long time now, our three-floored, Three (ish)-bedroomed rented town house has accumulated alot of 'stuff'.
For us to live comfortably with our growing family we need to swap a couple of rooms around and declutter, have a major clear out. Our bedroom is at the highest point of the house and far away from all rooms including the 'cot room'. It is cold in the winter and stuffy and hot in the summer and is just not suitable for a little baby bean.
The plan is to move our bedroom down to the second floor which is the main floor and close to all other rooms. This way our spare room/workshop/studio can be all the way upstairs and out of the way. The top room is also a bigger room so Sebastian and I can both spread out. However we want to keep it clean, tidy and minimal so our work can just flow. "Tidy space, Tidy mind". A great excuse to purchase some nice storage.
It has been difficult to keep things minimal lately, what with both sets of parents having had to sell their houses and move on from our childhood homes as we have had to take ALL of our memories and old toys etc. Which is hard when your rented property doesn't have a whole lot of storage.
We have had to be quite harsh with all of our things and just make the decision to part with alot of it. We have gone through all of our clothes and vowed to get nicer, quality clothes to replace what we don't like or does not fit us. Some pieces I have saved for eBay (have a wee look, here) and others we have taken to charity shops and H&M- they exchange for a £5 off voucher.
The next stage is to visit the tip. We have so many cheap 'put-together' furniture from when we first moved in and it's all just piled on top of one another in the soon to be nursery. We also have empty boxes (why do we keep these? We've had appliances for years, we don't need the boxes!) and old, replaced electricals- taking up space.
We also need to declutter a few lifestyle things. We have recently been sucked into Netflix. I know, I know I don't actually have a social life anymore but I am sure I will make use of this in those few uncomfortable weeks of waiting for baby to pop! Therefore the use of Sky is really not necessary anymore and cancelling that would be a few extra pennies in our monthly pocket. I also have my Cineworld card which I haven't used for months! Sebastian cancelled his a few months before the Wedding and I no longer have a cinema buddy to use it with so that will be next on my list to cancel.
I need to organise my time and money better too. With baby TTDER on the way I need to save and spend wisely so limiting myself to a couple of outings/dinner out a month is necessary. This will be a hard one as most of my close friends live far away, but planning in advance will make it all that more special and something to look forward to.
When we have successfully moved all of our furniture around (and by 'we' I mean Sebastian and team of manly friends!) and swapped rooms over I know I will finally be happy living in this old rented property with crappy Landlord/agency. I can then spend my Maternity leave cleaning cupboards and making curtains and getting the nursery/cot room ready for the little bean. I know this will make me happier and much more comfortable being here. It's just hard when you have the mindset of wanting it all done in one great swoop and not actually having the free time to do it! But doing things in small chunks have helped alot.