As we have tidied, and got rid of so many things we really didn't need, I have noticed some areas that look insane no matter how much tidying I do. Some things are hard to part with! Do we really need so much *stuff*?? Intellectually, I can admit that we don't. But whether or not that ever results in a cull...!
This is the selection of children's books that we keep in the living room. It isn't actually even half of the books they have - in spite of having thinned the collection a fair bit recently.I cringe from showing my own books, I have been collecting much longer, though in the last few years I have definitely gone the same route as with clothes shopping ie it is MUCH easier to buy for them than for me. And the board games! I can only comfort myself with the knowledge that almost all of these things (clothes, books, games, toys) are either from charity shops or else gifts from family and friends. Sometimes both (Emma, you KNOW I mean you in particular)!Sometimes I wonder whether it would be good for me to just... get... rid... But then again, there are sound green (and thrifty) reasons for hoarding craft materials and never ever ever throwing anything away that could be useful (after all, I'd hate to buy a new one). Still, I feel perhaps Freecycle is calling to my bookshelves. Maybe, just maybe.