Friday, 2 January 2015
The year of stuff...
We normally do quite well now that we are older, to realise that a lot of what we think we hold dear, is just stuff and what we might love and collect, probably will not have any interest to those that follow. I showed DS the large cabinet he will inherit full of family history things, it made him open his eyes quite wide:)
Mind you, we also intend to sift that as well, keeping only the items that cannot easily be replaced or those that have cost money such as certificates. He has promised us that he will keep it - somewhere safe - to pass down to anyone who needs it. Maybe his own children or himself as being interested in your family history seems to happen more as we age. Everything else, not of great monetary value, can go or be kept at his/their discretion.
That aside, to anyone who has had to sort out the property or belongings from a deceased parent, it is not only heart breaking and full of memories but difficult, as you realise you are getting rid of things that they found interesting but which are not interesting to you. There is only so much stuff you can keep, before it adds to your own stuff and if you are not careful, becomes a mountain of stuff, in cupboards, drawers, up in the attic etc.
Our stuff seems to be breeding despite it leaving the house continually. Someone on blogland mentioned about getting rid of 1000 items in a year. I have no idea if we could do that but have already made a start by taking 5 barely used cushions to our favourite and local charity shop.
Anything made of cotton that is okay for quilting or rag rugging, will go in the appropriate box. All old but still usable craft stuff from my degree course, will be offered to local schools etc.
We do have one simple rule that we abide by in this household, 'if it is not a thing of beauty, if it has no great value, if you haven't used it for a year - get rid of it'
When we de-clutter the kitchen, we photograph what we are not sure of, it goes up in the attic, and if it hasn't been used for a year, it goes! DB is a great collector of empty boxes. Some we need to post things that have sold on eBay, or to send parcels at certain times of the year, others though, need to go. So empty boxes will also count, by going to the recycling bin and leaving our house.
We hope to throw little away, as we don't like the idea of filling in landfill any more than absolutely necessary. Mugs are often a bane. We have loads up in the attic that have been given us over the years that are no longer in use. I have decided to smash those and used them in the bottom of pots in the garden - hopefully I won't cut myself when I accidentally find them again!
Watch this space, although I am not planning on showing you what I give away, I am going to keep a tally.