Moving unused furniture into the basement. Re-arranging rooms. Moving out of rooms. Cleaning rooms. Spending as much time together as possible. Get the bad chi out and the good chi in.
When you move into a community house there are a lot of things that don't seem to get used: bookshelves, dresser drawers, chairs, lamps, mattresses, the list goes on. It can be difficult to feel at home when there is so much crap sitting around that isn't yours.
Last weekend our house had a yard sale to help with this problem! With so many of us moving out, we all went through our things to try and get rid of things we don't want anymore. We also had a lot of things that were in the house (that were here when we each moved in) that we didn't want/need anymore. So we got rid of it! And it felt great...but we still have some furniture that we don't really use. As a community house connected to a church, many people donate things to the house. It is SO greatly appreciated since we come here to live without anything but our personal belongings, but sometimes it can get crowded. So we got rid of some of the junk that has been sitting in the basement.
The Elgin BVS house also has a bunch of mattresses for when we have visitors. We had three stacked up in our piano room and since I have such a large room I decided to move one of them into my room as an extra couch! And I love it, but it took the place of the gross, heavy, uncomfortable chair that I don't even use and can't get out of my room because it's too big...and Hannah moved all her things in my room so that our new housemate could move into that room...so my room right now has some pretty terrible chi. (I'll spare you a photo...)
On the flip side, I cleaned and re-arranged our living room, ridding it of unnecessary furniture thus opening up the room for more activities and more sitting! Good chi.
Three of our housemates are moving out. While they are excited for new steps, we are all sad to see them leave after growing so close to each other. Bad Chi.
Celebrating with each other at yard sales, cook outs, movie nights, game nights, and snuggles: Very Good Chi.
I also bought the George Ezra CD and have been listening to his delicious voice all week: GOOD CHI.
< LOOK AT THIS FACE.
It's been a week of ups and downs, good chi, bad chi, sadness, and happiness, but the house is happy and the future is bright. :)
Peace out, y'all.