Got my beer glasses, got my TV - there’s no place like home
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They say moving house is one of the most stressful moments in someone's life.
Right now, I'm in the midst of it – and I'm being reminded of why it is such an anxiety-driver.
But it's not because of the shifting, the lifting, the packing, the unpacking or the tedium of setting up direct debits and getting things connected. For me, it's all about trying to prioritise.
I'm not good at making decisions. My indecision is normally final. But in my new pad I am faced with the dilemma of what to unpack first and what to put where.
My (eventual) decisions said rather a lot about what matters to me. And yours will have said much about you.
For while my dad and son were immersed in Ikea flat-pack and loving it, I was going through my books and sorting out my beer glasses onto shelves (not into cupboards – Heaven forfend).
At the risk of sounding sad, pathetic and utterly friendless, my beer glass collection is a thing of beauty. And now it is displayed for guests to marvel at, with British beer festival pint glasses lined up on the top shelf and the many and varied overseas flutes, steins, tulips and others on the second shelf.
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I also closely supervised the lugging and placing of the sofa and paid close attention when the Sky engineer walked me through the satellite world. A house only becomes a home when you have a comfortable perch from where you can watch TV, drink a beer and read a book.
So there are my priorities – books, beer glasses, TV, internet and a comfy seat.
A close relative who gave assistance during the great migration from town to city argued that ironing tea towels and duvet covers was crucial.
I believe that the ironing board and iron are to be used sparingly, only in the case of emergency. I wouldn't want the novelty to wear off.
Anyway, If you have the misfortune to receive an invitation to my humble abode, you can drink beer – as long as you choose the right glass for the style of beer – watch TV, surf the interweb and read a book.
But I might not have any food in the fridge or washing-up liquid by the sink.