Life update and apartment tour

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I thought I should update you on what’s been going on in my life recently. It’s actually been going quite well. Because of the move my routine has actually changed a bit. Mostly for the better, but I’m having trouble trying to find time and energy to take pictures and write, so that’s definitely something I need to work on. My partner is between jobs at the moment, but despite having to mind our budget a bit more than usual it actually creates more calmness than stress. Honestly it’s a well deserved break for my partner after not being able to take a holiday in so long. They’re finally able to catch up on some much needed rest and stuff that’s actually useful to them, such as music and activism. Wait… Them? Yes, my partner (who also decided I can use their nickname on this blog, so I’ll be calling them Nuts from now on) recently came out to me as demiboy or demiguy and decided to go by they/them pronouns as well. But enough about Nuts, my life may pretty much revolve around them as a nearly friendless house spouse, but they’re probably not who you’re here for. Besides, I don’t want to over share about them as it’s their life, not mine.

By now you’re probably pretty curious about that apartment tour (if you’re even in to that kind of stuff) I’ve been promising you for quite a while now. It’s been about two and a half months since we moved in after all. It’s still not entirely finished, but we’re getting there

When entering the flat you first come in to this huge hallway. It’s so large because you can enter every other room except the bedroom and bathroom from here. When you come in you walk straight into my partners den, which I’m not going to show, because it’s their personal space. I’m pretty sure that’s the messiest room of the house at any given time. As you can see I tried to recreate a little Japanese Genkan as much as possible in a very western flat with a shoe rack on a large mat. That windowless closed door you can see leads to our toilet, which like in many Dutch flats, is separate from the bathroom. To the left is our kitchen.

Our kitchen is quite a bit larger than our last one and a lot more practical. It’s not as awkwardly shaped and doesn’t double as an entrance way, since we mostly used the back door in our old place. The worktop, sink and cupboards in the first picture came with the flat as well as the tiling that’s very much not my taste, but it’s easy to clean, so I’ll live. Behind the worktop is a little space that used to be a door to the bathroom, but that has been closed of, so that’s a good place for my enormous spice rack now, the panel behind which is painted with blackboard paint, with the intention to write the names of the spices on it, but that didn’t really work out. The space in the third picture is opposite to the worktop. It still needs some work, but it already contains our washing machine, dishwasher and my precious huge oven.

Opposite to our kitchen is a little bedroom which we turned into our pantry. It’s the ugliest room in the house, since it’s always messy and we didn’t bother to redecorate since it’s just the pantry. Our pantry contains both our fridges (one of which is a fridge/freezer), our old microwave, our recycling bins, our clothes dryer, a pantry cupboard and a ton of kitchen clutter. We also have a tendency to dump random clutter here.

Both our kitchen and our pantry have one of these little balconies, on which I’m attempting to grow some veggies and herbs. The first sprouts are already popping up!

Then it’s on to the living room, which is the biggest room in the house. My desk is also in the living room, because I preferred to use the extra room as a pantry. I love how roomy and light this room is. It is actually a little bit smaller than our previous living room, but it feels way bigger.

Then from the living room to the left you enter the bedroom. Which is a bit oddly shaped, but also quite roomy.

Then off to the left once again is the bathroom, which is technically an on suite even though it’s just a shabby wet-room. But at least it has quite a large window, which is a luxury I’ve never had in my own place before. And thanks to the proper water heater which happens to be right next to the shower, which in turn has a thermostatic tap we can finally take comfortable showers.

So, that’s our apartment, I hope you enjoyed it. I’m going to call it a day, because after the ridiculously hot weather for the time of year there’s a thunderstorm coming, so it’s super humid (for here at least) and it’s actually hard to breathe. Hope to catch you next time. Bye!

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