For ages now I've been answering mumblemumbleyesnomaybe when people have asked me if I'm getting another share person in to rent the spare room, and today I made a firm decision. Nailed my colours to the mast. Drew a line in the sand.
I'm not gunna. I started moving less frequently worn clothes into the built in wardrobe in there, started putting away storage boxes of stuff, and started pacing out the space for a desk and cupboards. Whilst not actually earning any money presently, it may seem like an odd time not to reduce my expenses, but really I'm investing in mental health.
I like living alone. Although I've had some great flatmates over the years, I've had some less great ones too, and at times I don't think I have been a particularly good person to live with either. Now that my sleep situation and overall outlook is like 100% improved, I want to keep that forward momentum going and keep this place as my little sanctuary.
I would like the space to set up a proper office/studio too, and that spare bedroom is a good size for it, and it has plenty of storage space and the light isn't bad. I haven't blogged about it here much, but I'm trying my hand at selling some knitwear designs to magazines and online publishers. If/when they are accepted I'll blog about it in more detail, because the publishers have very strict rules about the designs being non-published in any form. (In a flurry of creative activity I've designed a hot water bottle cozy, a woman's wrap belt, a men's cotton tank top and a child's cardigan. With more ideas still percolating.)
So space to set out my things, to draw and to put up inspiration boards would be good. As would having my own space, sanctuary style.