Any House is a Home

Happy Saturday!

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?

xx Giovanna

Published by Giovanna Scott

Artist, Educator, Joy Seeker, and Lover of Good Coffee. I began this blog in December 2006 to document the ebb and flow of our life. It has now become a steady record of my artistic journey and a home for my collections.

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