Tip #139. Leave. Come home again.
In the leaving of a place and coming back to it, you can finally see it. The silly stuff drops away, and the lovely stuff comes to the front. Upon homecoming I never inspect the peeling paint or the cracks in the ceiling, I’m all googly eyed over my own bed and getting to drink a morning cup of coffee out of my own mug.
I swear my heartbeat slows when I come back to our house. When I open the door and see the bare walls and the spare furnishings that goodness knows the internet has informed me might seem undone to some people, to me they’re perfect. Breathing room, even in 500 square feet and the most welcome sight after a transatlantic flight.
I’ve been basking in the light of early July sunshine these past few mornings we’ve had back home. We have to wake up early to catch the sunshine in this north-facing attic and I’ll admit that time away always reminds me of the general darkness of our New York City home. It’s not hard to pine for a nest that would allow us to watch the day unfold and the sun move across the sky. But in these glorious morning moments, when the sunshine splatters patches of light that move across the bed frame and over radiators and window sills and illuminates the overgrown window boxes, I feel perfectly pleased with the way this little apartment greets the day. There’s something to love everywhere, if you look for it.
As I unpacked our bags from our trip this weekend, I paid attention to what I was unloading and where I was putting it. I’ve been taking our return as an opportunity to reassess the things that I left behind and whether they were occupying useful space in our home. I’ve been trying to tread lightly: No need to dump the contents of my sweater drawer just because I didn’t bring a single sweater with me while traveling. But I looked at the t-shirts that I’d left behind, and toiletries that I took out of my bag before I packed it, and jewelry that didn’t make the cut.
In returning you notice what you’re glad to be reunited with. Good practice to pay attention to those things and rethink everything else, I say.
Tiny apartment survival tips #1-138 RIGHT HERE.