The walls are white, the ceiling is plastered, there’s proper lighting at last, the floor is tiled (love it) and it’s time to start getting some furniture back in there again. But having gained so much space by ripping out the old wall-mounted fitted units, we’re loth to start cluttering it up again. A hard decision had to be made. This dresser – £75 from a house-clearance place in Crowborough back in the summer, carefully stored in the garage since, and next to be painted – is just too big. It dominates the back wall, and the upper shelves are pretty narrow and useless anyway. So I’m chucking the top half and just using the bottom cupboards; I’m also giving the workbench/storage unit back to C, and using the top of this as a work surface instead.
It’s raised an interesting issue. I’m by no means an aspirational person – obviously – and have never wanted to devote my life to working just in order to buy a bigger house, a newer car, smarter clothes, etc. But there is still a little part of me that is disappointed to realise that I will probably never now have a house with a farmhouse-style kitchen large enough for a big dresser and a range cooker. This is as good as it gets, unless I have a radical rethink on my career plan (what career? what plan?).