I have some sympathy with her. We are rather untidy, and I thought that
by moving to a larger house the mess would be more under control. It
isn't. A version of Parkinson's Law applies, and mess expands to fill
the space available. We now have so much crud that it will be a major
task to decrudify, and it's really rather daunting. If/when we move
somewhere smaller, it will be a great opportunity to just get shot of
Oh, tell me about it...
I'm also aware that I'm becoming even worse of a hoarder as I get older
and more eccentric; really I ought to do something about that while i
still have the awareness that it's a failing.
My mother (80s) stills lives in the large house in which she brought up
4 kids, so after 55+ years you can only imagine the stuff she's
accumulated. My mind boggles at the thought of having to sort out that
lot one day, presumably in the not-too-distant future :(
On Sun, 23 Dec 2012 12:44:17 +0000, Lobster wrote:
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You'll still not get rid of a lot of crud though you can make a big dent
in it when "downsizing". When we moved my late father from the family
home to a smaller place nearer we got shut of a lot of stuff but I still
had to make half a dozen trips to the dump with the car (Discovery)
packed to the roof and the seats down...
Likewise. I have lot's of stuff that "might be useful" one day and
occasionally an item will be and normally alter things from a major
inconvience to not a problem. Knowing which "thing" will be that useful
thing is the tricky part...
You have my sympathies, it won't be easy. If your parents are anything
like mine you will find things from your very early days that you had
forgotten about and even if you hadn't would have expected to have been
chucked out decades ago. Discovered again now they will be impossible to
part with. Stupid little things like your favourite bath toy from when
you were three...
On Sun, 23 Dec 2012 13:20:52 +0000 (GMT), "Dave Liquorice"
Well, I'm still unfinished a major clear-out and tidy-up of the
workshop/store and pleasingly, have discovered that 80% of the stuff
was actually useful, as I supposedly kept it for.
The other 20% has risen as smoke mostly, being fed a bit at a time
into an oil drum incinerator.
Throw away 3, agonise over 2 - and keep it. Every time I've thrown
out something that might cumminhandi and has lurked for years I've needed
it within a dozen fortnights, and spent *hours* looking for it because I
knew I had one/some.
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It's not her garden, but it's space she occupies as an adjunct to the
physical structure she occupies. What she's got is vary different from
the equally-sized Japanese rabbit hutches which are just the exact
physical indoor space and nothing else.
There seems to be several exponents of this grass-roots movement in the US:
However it would seem even more appropriate to the UK, where many people
struggle to get started with their first home.
If there was a planning dispensation for a primary-home, self-built and
below a certain square-footage - that could be potential lifeline for a
niche of people trying to get a first home of any kind.
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