When I moved this summer from an apartment to a house I was actually moving to a smaller space: my house, you see, is Thumbelina-size and quite a bit smaller than the apartment I moved from.
I love my new house but I need to find ways to make the small space work for me. I have lived in it for almost three months but I have put off doing any work to it until after Christmas. Procrastination is in this instance, I think, a good idea and chimes with the oft given advice that it is best to accustom yourself to a space before launching into changing it.
Not that I am planing on making major changes but I know that I need to – improve the insulation and replace the energy-guzzling and none too pretty storage heaters. These two items are in the must-be-done category as I am already feeling the cold in the evening and that’s before true winter weather sets in.
The wish list is way longer: build in storage, revamp the bathroom, get new flooring, remove the embossed wallpaper and other fussy detailing, plaster over the stippled ceilings, update the lighting, replace the built-in wardrobes, install a word-burning stove and on and on it goes. As I said it’s a wish list.
Naturally I am constrained by a budget and in this case that is a good thing as otherwise I might go wild and splatter, in a Jackson Pollock-esque fashion, total newness about my house. And as I may move again I am keeping in mind there is a limit to how much you can improve a standard house and expect to recoup even part of the costs of a revamp on resale.
I am not at all put off by my place being small and, of course, I will do the usual things to make it seem bigger using: mirrors or other reflective surfaces, white wall to bounce the light around, and a limited colour palette.
This week I moved to procrastination phase two when I bought a notebook: if in doubt I buy a notebook! Said notebook is for list making, writing up notes on or sticking in pictures of interiors that inspire me, drawing rough sketches, and listing the pros and cons of choosing to do one thing and not another.
I hope the notebook will help me fashion some form from the fog of ideas in my head. I believe that things often become clearer and more likely to happen when they are written down. Just buying the note-book focused my mind and for now I am thinking that aside from the must-be-done items I will give priority to building in storage and removing most of the fussy detail in the house.
That I suppose is a class of plan and hopefully I will come up with a proper one in the weeks to come.