Priorities have shifted recently and it prompted a lot of soul-searching and reflection. Here is one about our new house, family and Art-making.
18 months ago, we moved from our house of 15 years. It was a quaint little weatherboard, built in 1959 and definitely a testament to its time. Large bedrooms, small bathroom, tiny living/dining area and the toilet was at the back door. Not a great spot when I was pregnant. Ginormous yard with a Hills Hoist (dreamy).
And the neighbours were awesome.
Now we have the house of our dreams. Two levels, loads of living area, my own studio, the most magnificent man-shed, pool, rumpus, double garage (bonus) and the toilet is near the bedrooms…..ahhhhh. Better late than never. Still working on getting to know the neighbours. The benefits out-weigh the negatives.
And something else has changed.
The time we spend as a family.
In fact, I’d say we spend MORE time together, especially around the pool. The weather is warming up but still a little cool for a swim. Rainer isn’t bothered though. He’ll jump in at least once and demand cuddles afterwards wrapped in a sun-heated towel.
And strangely I get to spend more time in my studio. There’s more space to play and store and the boys can join me without being on top of me. I have room for the video equipment and room to edit.
I’m embracing the house and the space — and there is sooo much more space. I had trouble moving from the “stacking and cramming” mentality to the “everything has a place” mentality. I love The Organised Housewife’s website. Katrina is a living domestic resource. I’m currently working through her “Clean Your House in 20 Days Challenge”. It’s fabulous but I’m only getting through 2 days of the challenge per week, which suits me fine. I’ve sorted out the Kitchen, Master Bedroom and Laundry so far.
Sounds ridiculously domestic, but in hindsight, the concentrated effort I spend with my children and on “keeping house” really does free up more time for making Art.
Why didn’t someone tell me this before?
It’s called “Discipline” right?