'Excuse me,' he said 'I don't like to be rude...'
I'll pause here. Last time Louis started a sentence like this he told me that I had a great big bottom! I braced myself for what was to come.
'....but isn't your house a bit small?'
Phew! that wasn't too bad at all. My new home IS on the dinky side. Of course, there is the fact that I'd be unlikely to afford rent for anything bigger. But even if my fortunes change I'm not sure I'd upsize again - unless Mr Right and this ten children come along! For now though here's some random thoughts-tips about making the adjustment to life with a much smaller floor area than you've been used to.
- Think motorhome, caravan or those ridiculous IKEA photoshots where six smiley people are living in an area the size of a toilet without killing each other. Think storage, storage when you're kitting the new pad out. Choose furniture with hidden nooks and crannies to stow stuff away to compensate for the lack of the space that you've been used to.
- Galley type kitchens are the dogs! Loads of cupboards and you don't have to walk miles and miles every time you need another ingredient or put the washing up away.
- There's not so much worktop space though so appliances that used to be to hand in the much bigger kitchen at Lovelygrey Villa have to be stowed away otherwise there'd be no room to cook.
- 100% open plan living needs to go out of the window. There need to be spaces that you can shut yourself away from the rest of the hords.
- Accept that the place will look untidier much more quickly. The upside is that it'll spruce up nicely in much less time too.
- Of course it goes without saying that overheads such as heating, lighting should be much cheaper. I'm astounded that the £50 credit on the electricity meter that was there when I moved in on the 1st February hasn't yet been topped up.
- You don't need so much stuff to make a house look like a home. In fact with too much, it'll look like a junkyard.
'This is lovely' she said, feet up with a glass of wine. 'You won't have to spend all your spare time cleaning like I do!'