Orderly Accommodation in Bradstowe

An example of typical and tidy Orlendian housing within the heart of Bradstowe.

Life in a typical Orlendian home in Bradstowe is often described as "cosy", though many would call it cramped as most houses in the heart of the city have limited space with families of as many as five generations living in them.   Homes are identified by a building number followed by the family name of the people who live there - the number is displayed on a large polished brass plaque on the front of the building, and the family name(s) are painted on a wooden sign above each door.  
A House in Bradstowe
  Modernised houses have good pipework and water closets with running water and flushing toilets, but most homes still have an outhouse in the garden that are full of biting insects and bumbling moths.   Despite wishing to live a life of order in accordance of The Originator's Order (the state religion in Orlend), many homes look incredibly cluttered with mismatched family furniture that has been upcycled and refurbished over the years. To overcome this chaos, people try to keep their homes as tidy as they can by using symmetry, lucky numbers and symbols of The Originator's Order around the house.  

Daily Routines

Many folks wake up at sunrise and go to bed at sunset, with only candles to illuminate the night. However, with modern glow-jelly lamps this tradition is becoming less common and people entertain themselves late into the night.

Cleaning Routines

Orlendian homes are kept as clean and tidy as they can be. Surfaces are spotless, and ornaments are kept in cupboards behind glass doors. Cabinets of curiosities display generations of stories with grand tales from family histories.

Attics

Many buildings contain attics, which are rarely accessed and often become secret clutter-hordes for families who can't throw things away, but can't display them tidily either.

Cellars

Some houses contain cellars that are usually used for storing food or wine. Large families sometimes try to utilise cellars as a living space, despite the low ceiling height.
 
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The Originator's Order's Guide to an Orderly Home
A tidy mind, a tidy body, a tidy home, a tidy soul.
  1. A thing for everything, and everything in its place.
  2. Barren cupboards feed no stomachs.
  3. Clutter only attracts clutter.
  4. A flame without fresh air will dwindle.
  5. The Architect is ever watchful.
  6. Routine is like a well oiled machine.
  7. Maintain your home before it crumbles.
  8. Create an even balance to the day.
  9. Do your equal share of chores.
  10. Rise and fall as the sun.
 
I make my own sanctuary. A safe place.
A place where I can untense my muscles, stop looking over my shoulder, and sleep.
Blankets upon blankets of squishy warmth. Fortified walls of furniture hide my location from plain view, with cushions padding out my nest up in this stuffy loft space.
Rain hammers a soothing melody on the tiles above, drowning out any skittering sounds that spike my anxiety.
I can draw anything in my hidden journal up here in my sanctuary. I'll draw my dreams before I've dreamt them until I fall asleep.
— from the journal of a troubled child


Cover image: Map of Bradstowe cover image by TJ Trewin

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17 Aug, 2021 13:49

I just want to hug that poor child.

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19 Aug, 2021 11:12

I love the amount of thought about ordinary spaces that this communicates. I have some thinking to do about my own world here!

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20 Aug, 2021 10:36

Thank you! Glad to be of inspiration :D


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27 Aug, 2021 17:44

I suddenly want a whole section just on the tiny tidbits of information in this article growing into their own story because oh my gosh. everything in this piques my imagination from the map, to the little child, to the "family secrets". Wonderful job :)

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29 Aug, 2021 12:14

Thank you!!


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