My house is being ripped apart by Flemish men with sledgehammers and powertools. We’re renovating the whole ground floor; principally the kitchen, which is being pretty much rebuilt from scratch, but also doing the floors and ceilings and a few bits and bobs in the dining and living rooms.

I hate having work done in the house. Sure, if I think logically about it I can see the eventual benefits, but in the short term all I can see is the hassle and stress and mess and sheer inconvenience of it all. I don’t know where my stuff is. We had to move everything, including the sofa, piano, dining room furniture and bookcases upstairs, and everything else which used to sit on those shelves or in those kitchen units is now either in our study, our loft, our basement or has been brought with us in boxes to our new temporary accommodation in a friend’s flat.

When we moved into our house it was the first time in a while that all my stuff had been together under one roof, combining stuff we already had in Brussels, stuff we’d left in my wife’s flat in Genoa and stuff I’d left at my parents’ in Exeter. And now it’s been scattered around again as if by a small, very localised and orderly hurricane. Yes, it’s good to simplify and get rid of stuff, and hopefully even more stuff will be “recycled” during the move back, but there’s a lot of stuff that we need (not to mention the kids’ stuff), and being unable to immediately and accurately locate it is disconcerting and frustrating.

December (work is guaranteed to be finished by then, otherwise they pay a fine) can’t come soon enough.

This post is an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for “Most uses of the word ‘stuff’ in a blogpost”.


4 thoughts on “Renovhate

  1. J September 9, 2011 / 5:03 pm

    Oh god, I feel for you. We had stuff put into storage and away when we were trying to sell our place. So we were missing things, and then we had some renovations in the kitchen, though nothing like you’re going through. It was a pain in the ass. It will be very worth it when your place is how you want it, and your things are all back together where they belong. But getting there sucks.


  2. Simon B. September 13, 2011 / 11:11 am

    Yep, it’s pretty disruptive, but try to look on the positives, which don’t only include having a nicely renovated house at the end of the process. Living in a new area for a few months can be a nice opportunity to get to know new places, feelings, etc. Sometimes it’s nice to be apart from all of the stuff we get so used to surrounding ourselves with. A few months away from it can be quite liberating.


    • simonlitton September 13, 2011 / 11:18 am

      I know, I should try to be less materialistic, I suppose. But I have a feeling this experience will just make me appreciate the area (and house) i live in even more.


      • Simon B. September 13, 2011 / 1:51 pm

        Well if it makes you appreciate your house and the area even more then I guess that’s not a bad thing. Think of it as a “trial separation”!


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