Mr T went on the move today as he swapped rooms with his brother. We've been working up to this for a few weeks as at first he wasn't too keen. You see he had the slightly larger room and it was only fair that after a few years now they should take it in turns to have the big room.
He had to downsize quite a bit and get rid of a lot of toys which to be fair he wasn't using a lot of them anyway so it was a good chance to have a clear out. He knew what he wanted to keep and what to let go of but if you asked him if he was ready to move he would tut and shrug. I felt really bad because he was used to his room and had everything where he wanted it so I really thought it may not be the right decision.
We took time to prepare him and we talked about it and he was for it but you could tell there were reservations but today we went for it. He would pop up and have a look at how everything was going then go away from it but then when we moved all his things into his new room he could see that it was going to be just as it was but with just a little less space.
Well he came up to me and said 'Babs (my nickname) you were right, it is good to take it in turns with our rooms'. I then felt ok about it all and he was going to be happy. His room actually looks better, it's snug but he likes it and that's all that matters. I think initially he couldn't imagine what it was going to look like and how it was going to go but when he saw that he would still be able to have his computer and his tv and all his things around him he was quite relieved.
I think it had helped that we didn't rush it either. I was ready to draw a plan if needed but we just kept talking about it gradually until he got his head around it. He is now asleep in bed and all is quiet, in fact more settled and quiet than usual. Could be early days but it may have been the best thing to do.
His brother is happy too having more room, he had his very first migraine and christened the new room with a bit of sickness (caught in the sick bowl phew!). So it's been a bit of a busy day, a lot of change but hey we got through and I'm proud of my boys, the way they have come together and respected each other, helped to make each other feel good and happy about their new spaces. Me, well I'm off to bed as I now have to start sorting some old toys out. I'm going to be busy sorting for charity and a bit of ebaying, a perfect job for half term.
Thank you for reading today, please join me again tomorrow for a chat about the tv on Pass the Remote Sunday but for now........ take care.
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