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True Story: An Expat's Struggle Of Moving From Place To Place In Singapore


By Finder blogger: Andrea McKenna

 

I’ve been living in Singapore since December 2011 and I’ve been in the same building the whole time. So it’s time for us to move.

I’m looking forward to a bigger place, a more updated condo where the sinks don’t spill water all over the counter if it’s on full blast and hopefully a car park that can hold our bikes without jamming them on top of each other.

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While there's much to look forward, including new furniture, moving is a stressful time for anyone.

For myself, it is the disorganization that is most difficult for me. Finding space in a new place for all the clothes and figuring out where we can store extra towels and things is always a challenge.

For now, I've got all my yoga clothes, which I wear every day, on a window sill until I can get a new chest of drawers from Ikea for the house.

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Speaking of Ikea, man, they have EVERYTHING you need. That’s the benefit of shopping there, but having said that, I went this past Saturday to order several pieces of furniture, including that chest of drawers, and I got so overwhelmed I canceled the order and took off for the taxi stand as soon as I could.

I am sure I will get back there, but that day was not the day.

Lots of psychology experts say getting rid of clutter is key to having clear mind.

Yes, organization can actually help you feel calmer. I totally buy into this because I know how uncomfortable I feel with disorganization, such as having nowhere to put books or having to wait two weeks before the handyman can come hang things on the walls.

The good news is, like everything else in life, I will get through it and I will eventually get what I need to organize the new place.

In the meantime, I’m switching from the internet-less old place to the WiFi-connected new place several days before the actual big move in order to get my work done.

But it will all get done. With a little patience and gradually getting things put in their right place I am sure I can settle into the new home sweet home. 

 

About Andrea McKenna

Andrea McKenna Brankin is journalist and author from the United States who lives a full life with bipolar disorder. Her book, Bipolar Phoenix, is awaiting a publishing contract. She is also currently a volunteer at the DaySpring Residential Treatment Centre for teen girls in Singapore, providing befriending-family support, therapeutic writing and rugby coaching.

 

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