There is a war going on at the Styling You beach shack.
A war over something quite precious in our fun little abode … space.
We don’t have much of it to spare at our place, so if someone or something takes up too much of it, it sure gets noticed.
Team SY underwent a major change earlier this year when our eldest boy left home for his first year of university and into his very own unit at a residential college (oh to be 18 again).
The departure of our future engineering star meant that for the first time in five years we had a room at the SY beach shack that wasn’t completely spoken for.
Leading up to boy’s move The Stylist went to great lengths to publicly declare how much she was going to miss her first born.
But when it came to the crunch, the poor bugger hadn’t even finished packing his bags and The Stylist let off the first salvos of her campaign with a rapid-fire unleashment of her clothing into the recently vacated wardrobe.
“Fair enough,” I thought, “there is more space for all of us to use, I’ll bring my new mountain bike in to store here too, because I’d rather not leave it exposed to the sea air if I don’t have too.”
Apparently that wasn’t part of the deal! No, apparently this was now a room dedicated only to feminine activities.
And this is where I partly blame The Stylist’s mate Mrs Woog for introducing a new phrase into the vernacular: the Lady Room.
Apparently every woman now needs a Lady Room, as well as a bedroom, to store all of their shoes, jewellery and lady … sh*t! Regardless of whether the rest of the family has a few bits and bobs they’d like to store as well.
I put the argument to The Stylist that it wasn’t fair that she could have a Lady Room at the expense of a common spare/rumpus room that the rest of the family could use collectively.
But that didn’t wash.
Instead a full wardrobe rampage began that saw even more girly gear dragged into her new zone and another mirror appear thanks to a dash down the road to the local furniture store.
At the height of the offensive, The Stylist tried to rationalise her actions to me by pointing out that with her new storage arrangements there would no longer be a few hundred items of clothing hanging off the door of our bedroom, preventing any chance of actually closing it.
Did that mean we would get to close the door a little more often, I wondered?
But rather than get distracted by this sneaky comment, I stayed focused on my campaign and counter-punched by pointing out that there was still a sofa bed in the “ladyroom” and she was now welcome to spend much more time sleeping in there too if she really wanted to, useless throw cushions and all.
Does anyone else out there need or wish for a Lady Room?
Necessary footnote: I’m adding this footnote to respond in advance to the comments that I kind of expect from poking this hornet’s nest. There are some positives to The Stylist’s blitzkrieg. 1. There is a sh*tload less hair to deal with on the bathroom floor now that she is not doing her hair in there. 2. There is more space (yes, space) in the bathroom without all of the makeup. 3. Yes, we can actually open and close the bedroom door properly now that it has been retired from its second job and a quasi-clothes stand. Simple wins, but wins all the same.
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