We’ve no intention of moving at the moment but that doesn’t stop me having a quick peek at what’s going on in our local area and what new properties are available. Love wasting a few minutes having a look around, putting a ridiculous budget into the search and having a dream….
However, I think we forget how stressful moving can be though and how much there is to go through if you have lived in a home for quite some time. After nearly 42 years in their house, my parents have decided to sell their home. For me, my sister and brother it’s going to feel really strange as this is the only house we’ve ever really lived in and it holds a lot of happy memories for us. I was there last weekend helping my parents sort ’42 years worth’ of stuff. As I opened every box or bag, I was instantly transported back to that time.
A bag of Garfields……..I loved Garfield!
What a good brownie I was!
My recorders and old books…..quite proud that I can still play a few tunes!
Don’t think I had seen this swimming bag for nearly 30 years but it was used throughout all of my school days and it’s still in one piece!
I’ve written about ‘decluttering’ lots of times on my blog and I’ve recently been helping a client do just this over the last few weeks. Last weekend was quite a good test for me though because I realised how much easier it is helping someone else declutter their belongings than it is actually sorting your own!
I’m not a hoarder and like I’ve said before, I do try and live to William Morris’s mantra of ‘have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’ but sometimes there are just ‘bits’ that you don’t really want to throw away but also, don’t know what to do with them.
Sorting these items also takes so much longer than you would expect too as each time you open a box you find yourself daydreaming back to that time and how old you were etc.
So what do we do?
What am I going to do with my brownies badges?
My old swimming bag?
My old 7 inch records? (I don’t even have a record player)
Well, I decided to be practical for some bits. Like my GCSE art folder. Most of this went into recycling. What am I going to do with sheet after sheet of quite average drawings? I decided to keep one as a memory – that will do. The key is not to keep everything. My kids bring home school bits and bobs all the time and we would be swamped with the stuff if I didn’t throw some away. Just keep the odd bit and sadly some of it needs to go.
Displaying album covers
I’ve got a few albums that mean a lot to me so I’m going to frame a some of these for my study and the rest I will keep on the basis that I invest in record player. If I don’t buy one then the rest will go to charity. Otherwise, what is the point. (unless you have some absolute collectables in there and obviously make sure you get a good price for these)
Books – there were so many books! I selected a few favourites and will keep for the children and the rest can be enjoyed by others as we give to charity.
Collections – Sometimes people have collections or special bits of memorabilia. These can look quite effective if shown as a display. My daughter loved Sylvanian families for a long time but now she no longer plays with them I’ve put them in a vintage style display case (found from eBay) so that they remain ‘dust’ free but still part of her little world. These images below show how you can make some really interesting displays from great collections.
I mentioned on a post last week about mixing old and new in the home and also personal items. Some of my bits can be placed around the home to add that ‘personal’ touch but they will be limited otherwise it could start to look a bit of a mess. Certain things that you really can’t bear to throw away should just be kept somewhere safe in a little box but not necessarily out on show. I will use the swimming bag to house my recorders so they are kept safely and I get to keep the bag too.
The jury is out on the Garfields….. my daughter has her eye on them and wants them in her room! I will have a go and see if I can make an attractive collection out of them but I think it’s going to be tough!