Clutter: why is it so hard to give it up?

In her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever, Marie Kondo writes about the benefits of clearing out your sock drawer as a means by which to declutter your mind and gain clarity on thinking. The reasoning is that by having easy access to the choice of socks…

Things I have learnt about packing

Once upon a time, the hubby and I would have spent a bank holiday weekend out and about with friends, most likely clubbing or spending all afternoon and evening in the pub. Not any more. These days we enjoy such delights as packing up our house ready for the forthcoming move to France. Only it’s not…

A lofty ambition

The loft. That magical place where boxes are chucked, bags stored for safe-keeping, historical momentos kept. The home for the Christmas decorations, clothes that no longer fit, childhood books… A wonderful place that keeps unwanted items out of sight and out of mind. Until you move house that is. Then you have to empty it….

Eight weeks and counting…

In just under two months, the hubby and I will loading up the pick-up truck with a few belongings and our four cats and heading over the channel in search of a quieter life. By this point, the rest of our most-prized possessions will be in long-term storage and the house that we have lovingly…