Everything is rated according to the point of view of the viewer. In Brazil, even on a big city, I was used to big spaces, big houses, lots of storage for things you will never touch again (i.e. clutter). In London, the biggest place was a joke compared to what I was used to back home. So I went on to live in very small cramped spaces, learned to throw away all that was not necessary anymore, lived on the bare minimum. It is true that I first arrived there with a backpack, and for my last move I had 15 boxes packed to be shipped to "the new world", but this is another story. Our house in Albuquerque, NM, used to be hubby's bachelor pad and it was rented out while we were in London, UK. He always complained that it is too small. Well, now I kind of have Londoner's standards, it is a palace compared to many places where I had to live during those expat years. It is not small, it is cozy :) I couldn't love it more.
It has been a great pleasure to find the right places for each of our belongings, to clean every spot in the house with all love, imagining where we will fit our furniture. We are fortunate to be able to move little by little, as everything is stored in the in-laws basement. And that is how we decided to do things, one load at a time. Everything gets cleaned and organized, then another load, etc. We haven't brought any furniture yet, only cleaning stuff, some kitchen and bathroom basics and little food. Yet, I don't even feel like I'm camping anymore, I couldn't care less about sleeping on the floor, it feels so much better than the most luxurious hotel in the world.
Now I can't wait to use my crockpot, my coffee maker, my oven, bake an orange cake, prepare my kibes and coxinhas, eat rice everyday, have lots of garlic and onions on my food, buy real bread at the French Bakery, yumy!!!
THANK YOU, GOD!