A submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge : Room
Teen Bedroom 2013
Over the years one room in our house has been decorated more than any other. The smallest room started off as an office. Painted Magnolia to begin with, it was first repainted yellow and blue in anticipation of the birth of my son in 1998. This remained as my son moved out on the birth of my daughter in 2000. Then in 2005 it was redecorated to pink and magenta as the nursery changed into a bedroom as my daughter grew out of girlie pink and approached her teens it transformed again and took on a lilac and purple hue.
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One of the biggest challenges we face in the coming months is what we’re actually going to need in Mwanza and what we will leave behind in the UK. We will be provided with a furnished house in Africa, which will be great – though this will be basic and will need to be added to. Some items will need to be sourced locally. Apparently even though it might seem difficult on first impressions, you can get just about anything if you look hard or wait long enough. Even so some items which are cheap in the UK will be expensive in Tanzania.
Deciding exactly which items to keep and which to sell / give away is going to be a conundrum. Anita and I have always had a tendency to hoard and in common with most people in the West we have probably had an excess. One look in my wardrobe tells a story.
We’ve not been extravagant by western standards but we have far too many clothes. I have loads of Vinyl which I never play (though some has been converted to mp3), an old video recorder and a DVD player – that’s just one cupboard. We will really need to trim down the quantities – some clothes will never be worn so it should be easier but then there’s sentimental value.
How many versions of Monopoly and Scrabble do you need? We have loads.
Then there’s the book-case.
Anita was into scrapbooking for a long time and we have so many albums which would fill our luggage allowance. These will probably be digitised.
When it comes to DVD’s there’s a lot to filter out. Probably keeping the box sets and the series but even so…
Apparently there are no copyright laws in Tanzania so downloading is common practice. Added to which there is a community library among the expats.
So what to take and what to leave behind?
This weekend we’re making an inventory of everything we have. A long job that needs doing. Wish us luck!
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A busy day of clearing yesterday focussing mainly on the kids bedrooms.
It was all bit overwhelming at times.
However it is now done and we have clean and tidy rooms ahead of today’s visit by the valuer.
The bin men will have their work cut out today but it’s all been worth it.
Dropping Mum back today and then the rest of Half Term has to be devoted to school work. So the loft will have to wait!
For now the Garage is full – but tidy and ready for a Car Boot in the coming weeks.
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Tagged Africa, Anita, bedroom, Bex, clear out, clearing, Getting Prepared, Graham, Half Term, Matt, MK, Mum, Mwanza, Tanzania