As revealed here, my sister and my nephew have moved in with me and it’s been a massive adjustment to my life.
Until my nephew actually started school, I have to say it sort of felt like they were only here temporarily on holiday and that they would be off home at some point. I’m still kind of getting used to things.
Sis hasn’t rested on her laurels though since her arrival. As soon as the jetlag wore off, she started reorganising the house. It’s been a good exercise, getting rid of some unwanted stuff that’s been in the family for years but also digging out some things I’d packed away in the garage and forgotten about! Still can’t part with my comic collection though…
She’s not quite gone the full KonMari but there’s still a lot to get rid of as she’s got a shipment of stuff arriving in about a month’s time so needs to clear some space. A lot of old spare furniture sitting in the garage has gone to charity already.
I’m sure at some point, I will get used to seeing little boy’s pants in my washing basket!
However, I know I won’t get used to the TV being on with no one watching it…
Or the lights being left on around the house…
Or not being able to have my music blasting around the house…
Or not being able to watch my programmes when I want as they’re unsuitable for children…
Or someone drinking alcohol in the house on a school night!
There have already been discussions about turning the heating on – it’s only September!!
But wait! Let me stop with the negativity! Whilst I’m trying to get used to my new home life, I have to admit that there are a lot of positives.
The good things:
- home cooked meals when I get home from work!
- shared household bills, which should positively impact my savings rate!
- chirpy voice welcoming me home (my nephew, not my sis!)
- Sunday roasts!
- garden looks much tidier and weed-free!
- house is more ‘organised’ – I think I’ve mentioned before that whilst I’m super organised and tidy at work, I’m almost the opposite at home, don’t know why!
- less unproductive time spent online because it’s anti-social when there are people around…
This last point is good and bad – bad in that I’ve been struggling to find the time to read blogs, comment and also to draft my own posts. I guess I just need to work out a new routine. I enjoy a bit of peace and quiet in the evenings as sis goes to bed before I do, but at the moment, it’s not quite enough time to do all my blogging stuff.
This post has taken a while to draft as I couldn’t do it in one sitting, had to write it in fits and starts.
My gym sessions in the evenings used to be quite drawn out affairs – an hour working out after work, half an hour relaxing in steam room/sauna, shower and then mooch home.
Recently however, I’ve just been doing the hour workout, showering and then heading straight home – because then, I can catch my nephew before he goes to bed!
Who would have thought!? Certainly not me!
I realise that he’s not going to stay an engaging chatterbox for long (and mobile phone-free) and that all too soon, his teen hormones will kick in, so I may as well make the most of this period of his life!
He’s settled in well in his new school, has made friends and is doing fine in his classes.
So things seem alright at the moment – no real clashes with sis (so far) and I’ve spent some nice family orientated weekends with them.
Sis is off networking with ex-colleagues next week. She will be away for a few days so will be leaving me in sole charge of her offspring.
And thus my life has changed as I will need to be a responsible adult looking after a child….
I hope I remember to not let him stay up too late past his bedtime!
And how am I going to make sure he gets ready for school when I can only just about manage to get myself awake for work!
hope am sure it’ll be fine…