Do you live in a house with stairs?
I used to live in a house that I dubbed “the shoebox”. It was lovely and compact. Cleaning and tidying was easy as everything was in reach.
It was a great place to contain a baby but as time marched on, and it became increasingly difficult to contain all the “stuff” that a family require.
So, with mixed feelings, we left the shoebox and moved to a house with stairs.
We have lots of lovely space. It is possible, now, to contain the stuff that a family require.
Now about those stairs.
The stairs represent many things in the house.
A challenge for the baby who was learning to climb.
An obstacle when I am tired.
An exercise tool for when I am energetic.
A division between the sleeping and living areas.
A split between public and private area.
Something to vacuum with the hand-held Dyson.
You always have to be organised with two levels. You either own two of certain items like a vacuum cleaner, cleaning products. Or you lug items up and down stairs. I am constantly bringing something up or down. It is rare to use the stairs empty handed.
Sometimes I miss the shoebox. Only sometimes.
Posted anonymously, 26th April 2015