We’ve now been home owners for just over a week and in that time, we’ve learnt a lot. A week may not seem like a long time but it has certainly felt like it!

 

We’ve gone from living completely rent free with my parents and having to do pretty much nothing around the house straight into having to pay bills and do everything for ourselves. It’s been a shock to the system but I am loving owning my own home and having our own space that we can do whatever we like with.

 

Here are five things that I’ve learnt over the past week…

 

  • There is always something to do – Whether this be cook dinner, hang out the washing or clean the bathroom, there is always something that can be done. I never thought the day would come that I feel guilty if I’m sitting around watching Love Island whilst there’s dishes to put away!
  • Things don’t happen overnight – We moved in on the Friday and I expected to have a fully decorated lounge by the following Friday. Boy, was I wrong. I hadn’t even began to think about how long things like stripping wallpaper, plastering the walls and painting take. Admittedly, we are expecting to have the lounge completed by next Friday so two weeks is still very fast but I was being completely unrealistic before.
  • It’s not all fun and games – The novelty of washing up wears off, as does the novelty of doing everything for yourself. Even in the space of just over a week, we’ve both had to do some serious growing up.
  • Priorities change – Going out for dinner vs. Buying a pot of paint? That’s a dilemma I never thought I’d find myself facing yet here I am… surrounded by paint pots!
  • Having your own space is amazing – This is one novelty that has definitely not worn off. I love the fact that everything is our choice; what we have for dinner, how we decorate, when we wash up – everything!

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I’m writing this post whilst taking a break from an evening of packing for our first home. Before tonight, I didn’t realise quite how much stuff we had. Just as a heads up, it’s a lot. As the house we’re buying isn’t huge, we’re having to have a good sort out to decide what we actually need. Therefore, I wanted to share my top five tips for decluttering.

As the house we’re buying isn’t huge, we’re having to have a good sort out to decide what we actually need. It’s taking so much longer than I expected it to but as we’re moving in two weeks today and we’re away next weekend, it’s time to get a wriggle on.

Therefore, as an excuse to take a break, I wanted to share my top three tips for decluttering:

  • Use the three-month rule – Have you used or worn this item in the past three months? Nope? Then get rid of it.
  • Donate to charity – Is the item in good condition but not receiving the love that it deserves from you? Donate it to charity for somebody else to enjoy whilst also helping to raise funds for a worthy charity too.
  • Do you love it? – Sometimes, we have to be ruthless when decluttering. As much as I love holding onto that dress I wore on a night out, I know that I won’t wear it again and sometimes that’s a sign that it’s time to get rid of it…

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Ahead of tonight’s finale of the three-part BBC drama, Three Girls; I wanted to share this blog post to help raise awareness of the show and the reality behind it. In case you haven’t been watched it, this show started on Tuesday 16 May and is being shown on BBC One every night from Tuesday 16 May until Thursday 18 May at 9pm.

It’s very rare that I feel so passionately about a TV show as I do Three Girls. However, Three Girls is different. This drama follows the harrowing real-life story of three girls that were victims of a child sex grooming ring that was active in Rochdale between 2008-2012. These three girls, are just three of the 200 victims that were a part of the organised sex ring of men who groomed young girls to have sex in exchange for alcohol, cigarettes, small amounts of money or lifts in their ‘taxis’.

The drama follows Holly, who realised that something was wrong with what was happening and went to the police. Not only did they not believe her, but both Holly and her family were then threatened by a member of the ‘gang’ that had previously raped her. I can not even begin to imagine what these girls were going through and to then be let down by the police and child protection is awful.

The reason that I have decided to write this post is not only to raise awareness of these sex rings, it is to raise awareness to support the victims too. As shown on the show, these young girls will often either be unaware that what is happening is wrong or will be too scared to tell anybody due to threats, embarrassment and even being accused of lying.

Unfortunately, the reality is that things like this do happen in the real world and as well as raising awareness within the general public, I think that this show also needs to be shown to students in secondary schools and colleges. Students of that age are those who are being targeted, who are young and think that the ‘benefits’ they are offered are cool and don’t realise that what is happening isn’t okay.

I urge everybody to watch Three Girls if you haven’t already. You can find all of the episodes here.  In addition to watching these episodes, please help to spread the word with friends and family as the more people that watch this drama and are exposed to the truth, the better. Hopefully, by everybody sharing the show with others, awareness can be raised and this happening can be prevented.

*Image taken from Google.

Today, I am super excited to share the news that we have finally exchanged on our first home!

It has been a long, and sometimes painful, journey but we are now so close and the finishing line is in site. For those of you that haven’t followed the journey, we first put an offer in for a house at the start of October last year. However in December, this sale, unfortunately, fell through.

We then found a little home that we loved in a small village just outside of Colchester at the end of December and had an offer accepted on this at the start of January. Since then we’ve had a whole host of delays for various reasons. However, today is the day that it’s all finally starting to feel real.

We are due to complete and get the keys on Friday 2 June and I can not wait to share plenty of pictures and stories with you as we make our house a home.

*Image taken from Google, you can shop this item here.