Well I’m considerably less stressed and anxious than I was at the beginning of this week.
But I am facing the prospect of having to move house. A lower rent would be great but mainly a house with lower fuel bills would be a tremendous help in making ends meet.
Our current rental house is large which means we have loads of space which is great. But it does mean it’s difficult to heat. Particularly as it has lots of windows (in desperate need of repair with a landlord too cheap to get the work done), most of the house has external walls (not insulated) and it’s old/drafty. So a cosy house would be good.
Lots of space also means lots of places to pile up clutter. We’ve lived in this house for 6 years. We’ve accumulated a lot of stuff in that time. Plus I’ve been ill for around 4 years and not been able to do my periodic whirlwind attacks on piles of stuff. So there’s a lot of sorting, organising, clearing out, ebaying (and car booting) to be done. Not to mention cleaning all those dark corners that lie forgotten about.
We’ve had lots of offers of help and words of encouragement. My mum has been brilliant. My brother and girlfriend, who ahve just this month moved themselves, have offered hands on help with the de-clutter, packing and moving. Which is a huge relief. Looks like we’ll be doing a self pack and move so we can do it on a budget. And I can’t do much of anything myself. Very frustrating. I have new lessons to learn in accepting help and swallowing pride while I point at dusty grotty things to be cleaned by someone else.
We’re also going to be on a frugal, careful budget from now on. A few more sacrifices to be made. But we’re not on the poverty line just yet. We just have to be very careful. Luckily laughter and love are both free.
In other news tomorrow I go to one of my best friend’s wedding bash and we’ll be staying overnight at the hotel. I did ring earlier in the week to see if I could cancel the room and save some money but there was no refund on offer. So we’ll be making the absolute most of this little slice of luxury.