100 Word Challenge: Room

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About a year and a half ago, our daughter, our oldest child, moved out of the family home. It’s all good. She found her Big Girl job and wanted to join the ranks of Independent Women.

I had one less kid at home, and one extra – empty – bedroom.

Oh, the plans I had… I was going to move out all the remaining bedroom furniture, clear out the closet, straighten up the desk and move into my new office. I was going to have a room of my own where I could write fiction.

That was the plan anyway. What I actually got was a huge walk-in closet, a glorified storage unit, a black hole of household jetsam with barely enough space to turn around.

Any attempts to reclaim the space were met with more boxes being moved in, or more clothes hung in an already burgeoning closet. It was as if the button-downs and cardigans were multiplying like rabbits.

Every inch of the desk is covered in old mail and abandoned craft projects. An extra clothes rack was moved in and has caught whatever propagating affliction the closet has. Every time I go in there, I see new junk.

My “office” is the right corner of my living room couch. I prop my feet up on the ottoman, plunk my laptop down and type away. There’s where I wrote this. I can only dream of what it would be like to have a dedicated space, a room all to myself.

Perhaps one day I can wrest control back from the insidious clutter that has taken over. I wonder if I could convince the Mister to put up a shed for me in the backyard. I hear that shipping containers can be converted into living space. I don’t need much room, just a little place for just me… and maybe a potted plant or two.

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” ~ Virginia Woolf

This week’s word is:

Room

Using “room” for inspiration, write 100 Words exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow wordsters.

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I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

12 thoughts on “100 Word Challenge: Room

  1. I’ve very much enjoyed our move across the country. We had to go through 13 YEARS worth of stuff. There is a storage unit 10 miles away from our apartment with the things that we decided were worthy of coming with – or my (soon to be ex) husband didn’t want to sort through. I’ve enjoyed living with less things, having less room (at one point, we were living out of one bedroom (the hubs and I) and the corner of the loft (our son) at my brother in law’s house, and now we have a much smaller than what we were used to 2 bedroom apartment. I love the apartment.

    With working towards making my husband an ex, all but the side of the closet that contains his clothing, and stuff is MINE. I have the other half of the closet and the whole room to myself. Right now I write to you from the corner of that bedroom, where the last time I felt really really good (I’m working on my health and I have ups and downs in energy. Getting over a cold right now, but I’ve been sleeping a lot the last week or two dealing with the down with the cold coming on) I put together a desk and table. I now have reclaimed the totally awesome desk chair I bought while we were living at his brother’s and sit in that and use the other one mostly to house one bag or another.

    It’s an amazing feeling. I may sit here and play on the computer a lot, but I intend to change that in the very near future!

    One day, I hope for this dream for you!

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  2. It’s true that we expand into our available space, which is why some people find it such a surprise when we bought the boat and sorted out (read charity shopped) everything we didn’t need. There are times when I wish we had more space, but then we’d only fill it with something unnecessary, so it’s a good excuse to save money!

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