When we moved house 18 months ago I orchestrated the clear out of all clear outs. I did tip run after tip run. I got to know the first names of the old biddies at the charity shop. I had an actual bonfire. I culled everything from toys to clothes to Tupperware. My daughter even held a second hand book sale and adopted a giant panda through WWF with the proceeds.
I’d been used by members of my family as a storage facility for some time. I had items belonging to my grandfather, sister and parents spread across the garage, shed and loft. I found myself driving all over the place to deliver things to their rightful owners.
This operation took days. And when I say days I mean entire days dedicated to clearing and sorting and binning.
In case you’re thinking I’m a hoarder I promise you I’m not. If anything I’m a bit of a neat freak. I want to live in The White Company catalogue. IKEA is one of my favourite shops because I love walking around in the fake room setups and admire all the storage solutions.
We cull my daughter’s clothes regularly, handily having two nieces smaller than her to pass on to. And when she was younger we had clear outs of toys and the like on a six monthly basis – just before Christmas and again around her birthday in June.
Despite this it’s amazing the clutter you can accumulate. Especially in the loft. For example, I’m awful for keeping packaging of new purchases. I had boxes for kettles from three kettles ago. This is not a habit I have carried over. I also had paperwork (I file bank statements religiously) that went back years. That’s where the bonfire came in.
I essentially curated our family belongings. I didn’t want to bring any rubbish or uselsss stuff along with us to the new house. I cannot abide clutter. I’m so glad I did it.
I started writing this post several days ago but just this morning I read on London&IOW’s blog about a brilliant book called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying. Friends and family reading this will be laughing as there literally couldn’t be a more perfect book for me! 😆 I shall start dropping hints for Christmas…