I gave myself a second grand present- for the first time (after leaving home at 20 to go to university) , I now have my own room. to read, to search the web, to think, whatever-this is my little corner.
One of my grown-up kids has left to travel abroad, and I am a bit embarrassed to admit that the minute he left- I took over his room -and confiscated it.
the whole procedure took 2 days- repainting, cleaning (thoroughly……..), and putting up the wooden boards on the walls.
The cost of the whole “renovation” was around 50$-the cost of the wood. I used leftover paint we had in storage, the computer is my youngest’s old computer -we put it in storage when we bought him a new one (the guy is a gamer, the simple computer wasn’t cutting edge enough for him…) and the chair was bought a few years ago and was taken to my office at work, the same case with the pictures and plants, and now, since I requested to retire early, I cleaned my office at work too, and took my private stuff back home.
This did leave my office at work looking very dull and empty, but I think of this as a necessary stage on the path to retirement.
*I always wondered about those people who know they are about to retire (even know the exact date months ahead), and clear their desk and drawers on their last day at work ( I even heard of people who had to come after actually leaving to finish clearing up).
I believe letting go gradually of all the status signs and material settings is an important stage in fully understanding the concept of the big change that is ahead of you when retiring either early or on time .taking the proper time to check each and every document -file-picture-plant- the kon mary style- is imperative to your well-being and smooth departure from this world that has been a huge part of you for some/many years.
Back to my present: this is the room in its previous condition:
and from another angle:
and after the “makeover”-total sum of 50$:
and from another angle:
All the pens and markers and recycled envelopes (for memos) are stacked in reused tea boxes /canned tomato cans. the calendar is hand-made (by moi). a marker and a ruler are all it took. and a big thank you to my partner who helped me achieve this long-time dream of having “a room of one’s own” as Virginia Woolf put it so beautifully.
ciao- the cooliflower.