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While living in Ottawa for three years I accumulated a vast array of decorative pieces turning my large apartment into a home that I loved. Pictures of friends and family littered my shelves, photographs of places I’d traveled to around the world hung on the walls, while vases and pretty adornments were placed throughout. When I moved to Hong Kong, I knew it was temporary so no nails were pounded into the wall and no money was spent on fancy things; instead, the only decoration was a slew of cards I received on a regular basis from family overseas who missed me. This was just a place to reside, even though I did learn to love each foot of those 330 square feet. Now, I take up exactly 100 sq ft of bedroom space, having left the furnishing to my roommates who allowed me to be a guest in their home. Though this does make packing easier, it certainly doesn’t feel like home…or at least my home anyway.
So this time I’m going to do it right – I’m excited to make my next house a home! Katie (my new roommate), my parents, and I traveled to Ottawa yesterday to pick through my storage unit. Along with the obligatory dining table and mixing bowls, we packed my old international pictures, a decorative metal tree, and a chandelier I received for Christmas one year. I’m ready to make my new home a warm place where I enjoy being with people I like being around. This apartment won’t be a place to merely sleep, but somewhere where my friends and family feel comfortable visiting, I feel at ease turning on the TV whenever I choose (without feeling scorned), and a sanction for the things I like. Oh, and it’ll be awesome to not wake up to creaking floors at 5:30 every morning and have bitchy roommates. Five days ‘til moving day!!