Emma likes having her own room for the most part. She loves her dollhouse and desk set up in her own particular way. I appreciate that it all stays in her room now and I don’t have to share my opinion of her love of cluttered spaces. maiki and I like having our own space too. It feels like we share a cute studio that most reflects us. I think that we have finally figured out where all of the furniture fits well and our home is as comfortable as it can be. We don’t strive for less for the sake of minimalism but rather keep the items that are useful and spark joy, as they say. Having a one bedroom apartment for our family still works for now.
As I dwell on our current circumstances and how we all exist now in what is basically a one room studio with a big closet we can access, I realize how few things we use. Its all here in this room: books on the shelf, photos on the wall, blankets and pillows, Emma’s dollhouse, our electronics and a functional kitchen. We have access to laundry down the hall and more clothes and shoes than we need. We have the best food we can buy. We have clean water. Outside is the lake, garden, libraries, museums. What else could we need?
When I read about people fleeing their homes and rushing to grab those precious items that they do not want to lose I wonder what would I take? Photos, hard drives, friends’ artwork, momentos? They are spread all over our home. I keep the things I love and use all around me and would be floundering to collect them all if I had to evacuate in a hurry. I would want to take everything! It is an interesting thought exercise for me. At the very least I should better organize our important documents since our individual social security cards, birth certificates, and passports are kept in different locations in the closet!