it’s not really the *stuff*, per se, so much as the clean slate. sure, i like getting new things. doesn’t everyone? but putting a new face on old things can be just as satisfying. scrubbing everything sparkly clean, arranging things in different places, having the light hit things just so and seeing things with new eyes – all pleasing.
so it’s not as if i were having a flash back to my mall rat days (of which i had none). no, it was more wanting to see tangible changes in my own place, other than scattered messes which seem to have multiplied in the dark. i actually had a bit of a temper tantrum about my piggy little messes the other night, and felt very mature after that, let me tell you. how my brain thought pitching a fit would fix anything, i do not know.
still haven’t had a chance to change much at home, but i can see a few slots of time coming up wherein all that can happen, and feel calmer knowing that change is possible.
i also feel quite proud of what i did manage to get done last night. The Dane and i took on possibly the most satisfying home improvement project ever. well, okay. maybe not ever. but it sure feels good. we put up some peel and stick wall art – a wavy border, so there’s a road running all the way around the room, and all sorts of trains and planes and cars and boats on one wall. took a grand total of half an hour, at most. peel, stick, adjust, and done. (i do now have a greater appreciation for why my dad always cursed at great length whilst wallpapering. lining up those fuckers in the corners, and trying to get patterns to match? tough enough when it’s all removable.) and it was greatly satisfying to see the room transformed into a lovely kid space.
i’m really proud of how Little Monkey Boy’s room has come together. we’ve put some thought into making it a nice, kid-accessible space – short furniture, handles that are suitable for little hands, kid height laundry hamper, good lighting to keep away the boogie monster, a little night stand so he can reach the light when he wants to do so himself. and as pleased as i am about all of that (altho interior decoration will never be a second career for me), i’m even happier that Little Monkey Boy likes it. he’s opted to spend time playing in his new room – over watching cartoons! and a first for him – he was able to pick out all his clothes and get dressed on his own.
yeah. i’m sounding sort of ‘gushingly proud mom’, aren’t i? *shakes head* really couldn’t have told you a year ago that this is where i’d be. it’s been an interesting transition, that’s for sure.