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mollie Tue 21-Jun-11 11:52:27

OK, I think we've discussed this before and I know I would declare myself anti-clutter but I am sitting here, in a spare bedroom that I've claimed for myself, surrounded by the contents of a built-in cupboard. I can identify the pile of things that are going to charity and the pile of things that are going to the tip. I've got an overflowing bin of ordinary rubbish but it's the rest of the stuff that I'm worried about.

This is the cupboard that holds all the memories - old photos, documents, stuff from my late father and my late son, all the cards my husband has ever sent me not to mention the craft things I've been meaning to do something with but never got round to...I have a passion for paper and notebooks and thank goodness I didn't succumbe to another purchase yesterday - I've just found nine unused books calling out for my words... I started out this morning hoping to reduce the stuff down to perhaps one full shelf-full but I think I was too optimistic... am I the only one?

crimson Wed 22-Jun-11 21:58:36

Hadn't thought of that; thought it was a 'tripping over them' health risk. Getting the urge to make one, now...useless at sewing and knitting but rag rug making seems a bit simpler [I think].

harrigran Wed 22-Jun-11 22:46:30

Rag rugs, that takes me back to my grandma's house. Cast iron fireplace with the big black kettle on the side. When I cleared my Mam's house all the rug making equipment was there including the frame to stretch the rug canvas on. I still have a rug my husband and I made before we were married, half moon shaped, red roses on a white background. That rug was new wool though.

Oxon70 Thu 23-Jun-11 10:46:24

My sister still has a round rug that my mother and I made in the 50s. I still have a rug hook - but it's in the bathroom to hook the manky hairs out of the plughole!
Books are to KEEP.....stilll, I don't have as many as my sister does.
I don't have many cupboards here, so I put up two sheds, one for gardening stuff and the other - to keep the remains (I did declutter when I moved) of the stuff that was in the loft in the last house....

What I wish had not been thrown out - all the photos, apparently, that my grandparents had. Now I'm into the family history, can I make a plea not to throw away your history - photos and letters particularly. I have gained so much from the items that family members have kept.

beachcomber Thu 23-Jun-11 13:35:07

Joshnan, my late husband got more and more attached to his clothes as they [and he] got older and shabbier, particularly if they were 'hand-ons' or from Oxfam - and if I disposed of them there would be a huge row.

I remember one pair of trousers in particular, someone gave him these white linen flared pants which were at least 2 sizes too small, he looked so dreadful in them that I dropped them down the back of a chest of drawers so that I could honestly declare that 'I definitely haven't thrown them out- you must have them somewhere?'

After he fell off his twig I found several other hideous garments behind various pieces of furniture, which I had hidden over the years and then forgotten.

harrigran Thu 23-Jun-11 14:50:58

Just a word of warning when emptying wardrobes etc and giving clothes to charity, check the pockets. My mother gave away my father's clothes and someone found £200 in a trouser pocket .. they brought the money back.

baggythecrust! Thu 23-Jun-11 16:27:07

A nine by seven foot wool (latch) rug that I made twenty-nine years ago is in my sitting-room now. It features Chinese dragons because I was in a dragon phase at the time. I still like it. smile

pompa Thu 23-Jun-11 16:54:23

I can remember Mrs. P and I making a Redicut rug kit when we were courting. Trouble was we started at opposite ends and were working the wool the same way as each other, luckily we realised the mistake after a few days, so didn't have too much to undo.

grannyactivist Thu 23-Jun-11 17:11:05

Just sorted most of my kitchen and utility room cupboards and two kitchen drawers - you know the ones where you put everything that doesn't have a proper place, birthday candles, ribbons from bouquets, bottle stoppers, furry sweets, old pebbles confused (they must have seemed worthy of keeping at one time!) etc. I filled one drawer with plastic take away containers and sorted items into them. It creates so much more space that three containers are empty. grin

Hunt Thu 23-Jun-11 17:36:57

Mollie! Nine note books- I think you should write a novel!

mollie Thu 23-Jun-11 19:41:38

Pompa: the only memory I have of my parents actually doing anything together (apart from arguing) was hooking a redicut rug! I think they actually made two and I know they lasted for years and years... Oh happy day!!!!

Hunt: I'm a sucker for anything to do with paper and ink...hate to admit it but there were more than nine notebooks in the end, all different sizes and mostly decorated in some way. And funnily enough, I was thinking of a story about a gang of people who met through a forum...'s OK, was a fleeting thought!!!