Motherhood, mental illness and beyond

It’s been a busy week – DH and I seem to have been possessed by Kim and Aggie. We’ve sorted. We’ve rearranged. We’ve decluttered. We’ve tidied. And although there are still some jobs that need doing and I’ve fallen a little behind with the washing, the flat is looking much better.

The initial prompt for all this uncharacteristic activity was the offer of a new bed. A friend’s parents were replacing theirs and asked if we were interested. As our bed is broken (no it’s not what you think!) and poor DH has had to sleep on the sofa since January we accepted the offer with enthusiasm. Then looked around the bombsite bedroom and thought Oh. Oh dear.

Fast forward a week or so and although we got a bit carried away we have a much more habitable home. Our main problem is still the lack of storage space; we live in a 2 bedroom flat with a 3 year old, a 1 year old and the inevitable mountain of toys (and books – we recently sorted out DD’s bookshelves and discovered that she has over 450 books!). There is no built-in storage so most of the toys live in crates stacked up in the living room and DD’s bedroom. But the layers of clutter have gone.

It’s made a huge difference to both DH and I – it’s almost been like a mental spring-clean as well as a physical one. I no longer dread going home because of the enormous amount of work that needs to be done. I can now sit in the living room in the evening and not cringe at the mess. I wake up in the morning and the tidiness of the bedroom is a welcome surprise. I’m actually looking forward to having friends over for the first time in – actually I don’t know how long. Too long. That’s a huge step for me as I’m struggling with making the effort to socialise at the moment. Solution – people can now come here! 🙂

And best of all, tonight I get to go to sleep in a decent bed with a proper mattress and cuddle up to my husband instead of just my son. To me that will make the biggest difference of all.

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