As we look forward to moving into the new house, I can hardly wrap my head around the big things like having a garage and a fireplace again. It just doesn’t seem real. Instead I look forward to the littler things which will be an improvement. Here are 13 little-ish things I am so excited to have in the new house.
I feel like I need to make several caveats here about how I realize this acacia wood is not for everyone, and how it’s going to be subdued by rugs and furniture and made sense of in realtion to the rest of our decor. But I’m not apologizing. I love these babies! Just a reminder they were chosen for their camouflage value and the way they work with some of our more exotic pieces.
1. A doorbell. You would think with cellphones that you wouldn’t really need a doorbell anymore. I thought so when we moved in. I was wrong.
2. Cellphone reception. In the rental I can talk on my cell only if I stand right by the front door. Most of the time, I step outside and talk in the front yard, or go sit in my car if it’s an important call. The boys know that’s their cue to burrow into the no-no zones of the house as swiftly as possible.
3. Being able to open the dishwasher without moving the kitchen table and chairs out of the way. Kent points out that blocking the dishwasher is our own choice. We could as easily have blocked the hallway or the basement stairs or have moved the table half onto the carpet and blocked the pantry.
4. Washer to dryer proximity. I can’t wait to have my laundry machines companionably close to each other again! Currently the dryer is around the corner at least 12 ft away from the washer. I have to put the wet clothes in the basket just to ferry them to the dryer, and even then I leave a trail of tears. I know, first-world problems.
5. Clean windows. I have tried and tried to wash the windows in this house, but the cloudy film which covers all of them has proven utterly intractable. It’s like living in a sad, soft-focus French film where all of the colors of the outdoors are de-saturated.
6. More kitchen storage. I have a lot of kitchen gadgetry and serveware that brings me much joy. Or rather, it brought me much joy when I had it all organized and usable in my kitchen rather than all organized and inaccessible in boxes in the storage room.
I admit these floors a little overwhelming when there is nothing else in the room. It’s like looking at an intense wallpaper on an accent wall when you can’t see anything else in the room though. Just trust me that this is the before of a spectacular after.
7. Okay, I have to say the garage. There are just so many things between bicycles and off-roading strollers and scooters that either don’t get used because they are terribly inconvenient to retrieve and put away, or they destroy the house on their way from the great outdoors to the basement storage room. Me no likey.
8. A water closet with its own fan, separated from the rest of the bathroom by a door. No further comment.
9. Ceiling fans, hardwood, overhead lights.
10. Bigger fridge. Our refrigerator really can’t hold a week’s worth of food. The combination of planning and refrigerator space can cut back one’s grocery store trips to once a week. Some of my friends with deep freezers manage once a month. Fewer trips to the grocery store with these twins would be a real improvement to my quality of life.
11. Beauty. This is the real issue. I am starved for beauty.
12. Acoustics. This rental does your voice zero favors. The new house with high ceilings, and hard surfaces thoughtfully chosen for their acoustic value is amazacrazy. And the music room has doors so I can practice and teach while the kids use the rest of the house.
13. A toilet that doesn’t HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! for 40 seconds after you flush it. 40 seconds of obnoxious hissing doesn’t sound like that big of a deal does it? Okay, get out your timer and see just how long 40 seconds is. Now imagine it’s the middle of the night and you get to hear a strident hiss for that long. Yeah.
That awesome Snow White’s forest shadow courtesy of a single 60-watt bulb on a 6-light, spindley chandelier.