Talking About ‘Stuff’ – A Moving Story With Some Welcome Diversions

A word to the wise.  When you accumulate a lot of ‘stuff’ the day might come when you need to reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ you can keep and I am here to tell you that getting rid of that ‘stuff’ is no easy task.

We are going to be moving from around 300 square metres into 150 square metres and, as I have a knack of expanding into the space available to me, something (or lots of things) will have to give.

Our furniture doesn’t owe us anything.  We’ve had most of it for a long time and some of it was vintage/antique when we got it so that’s not so bad.  It’s the ‘stuff’ that will be the problem.  My ‘workroom’ is bigger than any of the bedrooms will be in the new house and Mr. T has an industrial sewing machine and rolls of leather as well as all the usual power tools, gardening equipment, etc.  but at least he will have a large garage in which to disport himself.

Selling things is time consuming and annoying and giving things away is almost as time consuming and more annoying as there are more takers but the demands on your time are just the same.  We only have one or two charity type shops and, soon, they will probably ban me.  Mr. T and I take turns in our different cars so that they don’t realise it’s all coming from the same place.  The déchetterie (rubbish dump) is complicated and everything has to be separated into categories – I leave those visits to Mr. T.

Anyway, more on that as things progress and, just to show that I am doing things other than trying to keep the house clean and tidy in case of viewings (few and far between in the current ‘situation’) and fretting about the sheer logistics of the whole thing, these are the blocks I did for Kate’s turn in the F2F block swap.

She asked for greys with pops of colour.  I didn’t have much grey so, as it was for Kate, I ordered some special Indonesian batiks in dove grey and paper pieced all three blocks as paper piecing is a great way to put everything else out of your mind while you concentrate.  Plus, I am much better at paper piecing than regular piecing for some strange reason.

So here are the three I made for Kate.

Hovering Hawks

Twin Star

Marley

Are you worried about the amount of ‘stuff’ you have and what you – or whoever has to clear out your house should you unexpectedly drop dead – will do with it all?  Or are you one of those enviable people who can keep a rein on their crafting supplies, crafting outcomes, pictures, clothes, shoes, bags, collections of ———–(insert whatever it is you might collect), etc. etc.  I think I’m actually going to find the downsizing process quite liberating (she says hopefully) and, in future, will never acquire anything without thinking about how easy it will be to dispose of it in the future.

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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on September 6, 2020 - 13:19

    Empathy, empathy!!!
    I have moved house about every 10 years since 1972 (I hope never to have to move again!) Each time the process has been about the quantity of STUFF. Each time it was like an archaeological dig into a museum of my life, first with children, then without. Each time it took 3 times longer than I imagined and there was about 4 times the amount of stuff than I realised.
    Each time there was stuff I threw away that I have later regretted – but know it was the sensible thing to do at the time.

    I have masses of stuff and I really don’t care about someone else having to clear it out – it won’t mean anything to them and so it won’t carry the same weight. But I have told my children I will haunt them forever if they do not take stuff to Charity shops, donate to crafty friends or groups and recycle as much as possible!!
    I have cleared out the houses of three elderly relatives after they left their homes and I quite enjoyed the process – it was part of coming to terms with the loss or change of circumstances. I did have to choose several different charity shops to donate to – but we have masses around here.

    BUT – I have never had to move country – that must be VERY HARD!!!!!
    Good luck!
    You have made a grand job of those squares. 🙂

    • #2 by tialys on September 6, 2020 - 15:40

      Sounds like you know just what I mean then. I am still clearing out stuff from the girls’ rooms – I gave two huge great sacks of soft toys to the charity shop yesterday and need to dispense with loads of old videos, mostly Disney, they had when they were tots. Unfortunately, despite me offering them for free together with the Video player, there were no takers so they’ll probably have to go to the tip. The DVDs in similar vein seem to have disappeared with my daughter when she was here on a visit a couple of weeks ago – I suspect they have made their way back to England. I have to try not to be sentimental and remember that once I’m no longer looking at Tigger who says things like ‘I’m the only Tigger’ when you squeeze his hand and the talking Buzz Lightyear and other members of the Toy Story franchise, I probably won’t miss them. I advertised my yarn stash (or a very large part of it) to anybody who knits/crochets for charity and I surprised the lady who replied with rather more than she’d probably bargained for. That should keep her going 😂

      • #3 by claire93 on September 6, 2020 - 15:59

        lol if you find any Disney Animator dolls in the depths of their bedrooms, give me a shout and I’ll buy them off you ^^

      • #4 by tialys on September 6, 2020 - 16:04

        I would definitely part with any of those if I find them and you will be the first to know 😂

      • #5 by claire93 on September 6, 2020 - 16:16

        lol

  2. #6 by Mary Rickles on September 6, 2020 - 13:54

    Moving is difficult no matter how much “stuff” you have. Try the Kondo method of asking if it brings you joy. Thank the things for being in your life that you have to dispose of and move on to next pile. I have moved more than three dozen times in my life due to hubby transfers, etc. It is tough but settling in the next place is kind of fun. Hang in there. It’s a lot of work for sure. Keep quilting ~ your blocks are lovely.

    • #7 by tialys on September 6, 2020 - 15:25

      Thanks Mary. Did you learn though – through having to move so many times = not to overload on ‘stuff’? I am thinking of this next move as a 5 year plan and, after that, maybe move into a small country town where we’ll be within walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs, etc., then that’ll do me for the rest of my life. We can’t do that at the moment though because we have too many animals and need to be a bit more remote. However, I’ll keep it in mind whenever I’m tempted to add clutter to my life over the next 5 years.

  3. #8 by kathyreeves on September 6, 2020 - 14:32

    The blocks are beauties, and a welcome break from de-stuffing! It sounds like you are making headway, so I’m confident you will get there! We have been on a mission to try and repurpose what we have this past year, and that in itself has been an experience! Happily, there has been a slight reduction because of it, but I wouldn’t want to have to move countries!

    • #9 by tialys on September 6, 2020 - 15:30

      Well, when we moved over here 15 years ago, it took a team of 4 blokes 4 days to pack our stuff up at the U.K. end and deliver it all in two lorries and we have even more stuff now but I am working on it. We want one lorry maximum and maybe even trying for a half load as there won’t be room for all our furniture anyway.

    • #10 by Mary Rickles on September 6, 2020 - 18:42

      There will always be “stuff”. My husband was a collector of many things and when he passed away, I decided to only keep the things that were beautiful and meant something to me or my grown children. One thing that I learned that will save your sanity and temperament ~ set aside one hour each afternoon to have a cup of tea or coffee and do some hand sewing. Try to do it outdoors or pull a chair by a window so you don’t have to look at the chaos and what still needs to be done. Do this on each end of your move because when you get to your new place you will spend time figuring how to lay out the kitchen,, where to store things, etc. That one hour gives you a much needed break and is something to look forward to. It’s important for your mental health!

      • #11 by tialys on September 6, 2020 - 19:00

        Only an hour? 😒
        Seriously though, very sound advice.
        Chaos is not allowed at the French end though as the house has to look nice at all times in case somebody wants to view it (as we haven’t sold it yet). Any clearing out of ‘stuff’ has to be done in fairly short bursts so it can be tidied up and then disposed of as quickly as possible. However, when I get to the new place I expect it to be full on so I’ll definitely be taking one or two coffee breaks throughout the unpacking and deciding where things go stage.

  4. #12 by katechiconi on September 6, 2020 - 15:50

    I see your downsize/country move, and raise you one two bedroom house downsized to 5 cubic metres *and* a move not only of country and continent but also hemisphere. So yes, I do deeply sympathise and enter into your feelings. My chief tip is that you limit your possessions to things which will make an anonymous place home: books, pictures, soft furnishings (bedding, cushion covers, curtains, etc), crockery… all those things that give you the visual cue that you’re in your comfort zone. As for the craft stash, I invested in a load of vacuum bags for the fabric and quilts, and lots of large lidded plastic tubs. If it couldn’t be made to fit in either of those, it didn’t come. Mainly because I’d calculated that 80L tubs could be stacked to fit ‘my’ section of the container-load snugly. A few things had to be dismantled a bit, but I got the job done…
    PS, smashing blocks, I’m so grateful such lovely work emerged from your distraction/displacement activity!

    • #13 by tialys on September 6, 2020 - 16:17

      Well, that must have been a grand adventure. It’s bad enough trying to get across the channel in the current climate.
      I have suddenly realised that the garage earmarked for Mr. Tialys’s stuff – and possibly a car 😉 – is probably big enough for me to have some of the storage space too. However, I’ll not take things like my big box (or three) of fabric scraps or my box of selvedges. I think you have to draw the line somewhere. Also, I’m mindful of the fact that I appear to have a lot of bedding and towels for two people – as we are now – and, even though I hope we’ll have visitors, I really don’t think we need quite as many spare sets as we have. So that’s another decision made! I’ve got some of those vacuum bags and, although each time I’ve used them, they do eventually start letting out the air, they will be squashed under heavier things so will still remain flat. Curtains!! We don’t have them here apart from maybe a wispy bit of voile here and there – we just have the shutters. England means curtains – and also carpets which we don’t tend to have here either. Luckily, the occupants of our potential new home, have kept the original 1920s wooden and parquet floors and opted for rugs which suits me fine as it means I can take my oriental rugs without guilt.

      • #14 by katechiconi on September 6, 2020 - 23:00

        Aha! Sounds like there’s a target home in the offing. Yes, bedding and towels are bad offenders, and you have to be strict with yourself. Having said that, I still have curtains from my last house in London. Still too nice to throw out, although I’ve happily donated the much newer ones that came with this house!

      • #15 by tialys on September 6, 2020 - 23:48

        I still have the curtains we brought over from England but the chances of them fitting in the new house are remote. I suppose I could ask for measurements.

      • #16 by katechiconi on September 7, 2020 - 04:09

        It wouldn’t hurt…. I’ve used my old curtains in three different bedrooms now!

  5. #17 by claire93 on September 6, 2020 - 16:06

    you have my full sympathy, Lynn!
    We did a part move from France to Tokyo 20 years ago, with 3 kids in tow, only able to ship out 16m3 with us, and the rest in storage, for 12 months. That was fun (not) trying to work out what we’d need for a year, what we wanted in storage and what needed to be thrown.
    And, what with husband being “army” we had our fair share of postings over 30 years, Learning to lighten up at each move, but failing to learn our lesson and accumulating more “stuff” each time we were in our new home.
    Now husband is retired, kids have all moved away (with half their stuff still in our attic) we’re not even thinking about who will clear out all the new stuff we’re accumulating once we pop our clogs.

    • #18 by tialys on September 6, 2020 - 16:23

      Well, let’s face it, it will be the only clearout you won’t have to worry about 😂
      The worse bits have been (and still are) the things the girls left behind (well, apart from my workroom). I’ve been taking photos of books/CDs/DVDs/soft toys/clothes/guitars, etc. etc. and, like a fool, WhatsApping the photos over and asking if they still want them! However, the deeper I’m getting into it, the more ruthless I’m becoming. My big fear is, I’ll save their stuff for them, ship it over and then they’ll say they haven’t got room for it all and can we keep it. NO!

      • #19 by claire93 on September 6, 2020 - 17:44

        we should have been more ruthless with the kids stuff which we packed & moved from our previous house in 2014 and have since been stocking in our attic. Eldest son (who lives in Aubagne) has taken some of his belongings because he always visits by car. But the two kids in England will probably never claim what’s theirs and it’ll be sitting in boxes as yet more “stuff” for them to sort through and throw out when we’re gone.

      • #20 by tialys on September 6, 2020 - 17:52

        I think ‘kids’, no matter how old they get, like to think they still have a stake in the family home. It’s probably a bit like animals marking their territory only kids do it with possessions rather than stinky stuff.

      • #21 by Emmely on September 6, 2020 - 19:46

        Haha, the moment my husband and I bought our house my parents delivered boxes with my stuff because I now had the space for them…. I believe I threw out at least half of them almost immediately. Seriously, who needs math tests from when you were 12 years old???

      • #22 by tialys on September 6, 2020 - 19:51

        I certainly wouldn’t want my maths tests from any age 😱
        When my husband took the ferry across last time he went over to the U.K., his car was piled high with the girls’ belongings. My older daughter is now the proud owner (again) of three guitars plus stands, a giant Tigger from her first birthday, a pair of skis and her ski boots plus various other bits and bobs. I think she was a little shocked but she can now decide what she wants to do with them rather than leaving it up to us.

  6. #23 by Lynda on September 6, 2020 - 16:44

    Somewhere along the way I missed the WHY of this big house shift. I do not envy you this task. When we moved from California to Alabama we did it all ourselves (2,000 miles). 😯 I’m glad you are getting help with your big move! ❤

    • #24 by tialys on September 6, 2020 - 17:48

      Partly due to changes with Mr. T.’s work, partly due to the fact he can’t stand the thought of the commute any more, partly due to the fact that both our daughters are now there and, during the lockdowns, we couldn’t get to one of them when she needed us. Even if we were to stay in France, we would have downsized anyway, this place is too big for the two of us now the girls have moved on – although I’ve done my level best to fill it with animals 😉

      • #25 by Lynda on September 9, 2020 - 17:01

        All good and sensible reasons. We have always lived in big houses, even with no children. When we moved here with 3 bedrooms and two baths on one acre , it still didn’t seem so vastly large. Now, at 67, there are days when it might as well be a mansion on 200 acres… 😯 Thanks for sharing. ❤

  7. #26 by nanacathy2 on September 6, 2020 - 16:54

    I FEEL YOUR PAIN! Just wait till unpacking time and the shock of seeing just how much stuff there still is. Still reeling here after three months. Good luck.

    • #27 by tialys on September 6, 2020 - 17:44

      I’m definitely taking on board what you said about bed linen and towels.

  8. #28 by Emmely on September 6, 2020 - 19:54

    I absolutely loath moving house. Packing is the worst. I am so happy we bought a rather large house so had no problems fitting in 2 children that we did not even know we wanted when we bought it. The thought of having to move all our stuff, no, I don’t want to think about that…
    Good luck! Throwing stuff out gets easier at some point.

  9. #29 by magpiesue on September 6, 2020 - 21:25

    Nor do I envy you the Herculean tasks you face. I’ve moved a fair bit in my time, and it’s always a chore to decide what stays and what goes. The only move I would consider at this point would be to a larger house so both hubby and I would have more room for our crafty stuff. The thought of you having to dispose of so much of your stash makes me want to weep. To say nothing of the fact that this is not an optimal time to be de-stashing. {sigh} Wishing you the best in terms of finding a good buyer for your current home. Will any of the animals have to be quarantined upon arrival in the UK?

    • #30 by tialys on September 6, 2020 - 23:47

      The animals have to have pet passports verifying that their routine vaccinations are up to date, that they’ve been vaccinated against rabies and that they’ve been wormed. Otherwise, they are good to become British citizens. I’d like to get them over there before the Brexit transition period ends though, just in case the rules change. I might try to re-home a couple of the cats before leaving. You’re only really allowed to take five pets in and, as we have two dogs and five cats, that might be pushing it a bit.

  10. #31 by Laurie Graves on September 7, 2020 - 04:44

    Oh, gosh! Good luck! I don’t really collect anything, but I sure seem to accumulate things. We have lived in this house for thirty-seven years, lots and lots of time for accumulation. Again, good luck! And keep us posted if you have the energy.

    • #32 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 09:44

      I will keep you posted now and then – most of it will be far too boring.

  11. #33 by anne54 on September 7, 2020 - 05:23

    This is one of the reasons I have stayed in my house for a LONG time now! My Mum lives in the house she and Dad built in 1956, and she is a great accumulator. She cheerfully tells us that getting rid of everything is the responsibility of my siblings and me. We look at each other and roll our eyes!
    Good luck with it all, and with selling your current place. The virus and Brexit must have added very unwelcome degrees of difficulties

    • #34 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 09:51

      At one time I thought we would stay here forever and that Mr. T. would retire here but that’s not going to happen. I’ve come to terms with it and there are too many good reasons for returning to England to ignore.
      My sisters and I cleared out my Mum’s flat after she died but, as she’d already moved out of the family house shortly after my Dad died, most of the major clearing out had been done. Still very upsetting though.

  12. #35 by DawnGillDesigns on September 7, 2020 - 09:44

    oh, they are lovely.
    And I’ve moved often, I’m very grateful not to have needed to since we came here in 2001, however in 2009 we added a small double storey extension and replaced the roof, which meant we needed to clear most of the contents of our home, Between 2001 and 2009 we’d had two house clearances to do – my grandparents (had been in the same place since they married in 1936) and MrG’s mum (been in the same place since 1970)
    I brought lots of things that had significance from my grandparent’s home – they had crammed every possible space in their home with their keepsakes, and hadn’t thrown anything away – keeping every card ever received, every drill bit ever used, every recipe every snipped from a magazine, along with notes. When it came to emptying our home in readiness for the chaos, we decided to rent a small storage container, and used the time to go through what we were keeping and treat it as an audit. It was a really useful experience, and lots of stuff that was still too precious to part with went in, but lots that I’d put in the loft / had kept went to charity. 10 Months later, the (slowest ever!) building work finished, we were able to collect the stuff from storage, and repeat the audit process.
    It’s a tip I learnt from someone who’d moved countries, when 15 years previously I’d gone from a home into rental.
    So, for what it’s worth, my suggestion is to do something similar, put the stuff you cannot part with, but don’t use on a weekly basis into ‘phase two’ packaging and the stuff you can’t part with, but rarely / never use into ‘phase 3’ and ship that separately, into storage. You can then revisit it when you have settled, and decide if it’s warranting the storage cost. It’s surprisingly economical and we found it really effective. It’s time for us to repeat the process now!
    And – good luck.

    • #36 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 09:54

      I will certainly look into storage options – especially as we might have an overlap of moving in/moving out dates. Although the way things are going with the French housing market (as far as we’re concerned anyway) it looks like we’ll be able to keep a lot of stuff where it is for a while 🙄

  13. #37 by lifebyacompassnotaclock on September 7, 2020 - 10:04

    Love the blocks 😍

    • #38 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 09:54

      Thank you – I think they will go well with what Kate has planned.

      • #39 by lifebyacompassnotaclock on September 10, 2020 - 13:43

        I love following of of you 😍

      • #40 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 13:52

        Aw, that’s so sweet of you to say so.
        I think you are Mouse’s Aunty Chippy (spelling might be wrong) aren’t you?
        I have tried to follow you before but the site came up as ‘private’. Now I can see your posts but no ‘follow’ button. I like to follow by email so that I am informed when somebody has written a post, otherwise I forget to go looking 🙄

      • #41 by lifebyacompassnotaclock on September 10, 2020 - 14:18

        Yes I’m Mouse’s Aunty Chippy 🥰
        I shall check with Kate why that does not show up … I’m new to this too and she’s my “Guru”

      • #42 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 14:29

        🤗(((((Kate)))))

  14. #43 by Kim on September 7, 2020 - 10:50

    Your quilt blocks are gorgeous, and I understand the need for a diversion!
    I have been very aware of the amount of ‘stuff’ in our house since moving my mum into a tiny apartment and then clearing that (I’m still baffled as to how she managed to increase belongings in there despite being housebound). We took all of my daughters remaining belongings to her as soon as she got a place of her own (no, she wasn’t thrilled but it got it over with and it was down to her to decide what to keep).
    I’m gradually clearing things I know we won’t use again, doing my best not to buy anything that doesn’t fill an immediate need, and getting creative about using up stash for whatever I want to make. It isn’t easy but I really don’t want to have to hurry the process.
    I feel your pain in having to clear with a fixed time available whilst also keeping the house for to view. Good luck, and I hope the move goes well.

    • #44 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 09:57

      It sounds like your Mum might have discovered the internet 🤣
      I have become very disciplined about what I buy and have started to ask the questions ‘do I really need it? where will it go? what will I do with it when I don’t want or need it any more?’ All questions more sensible people – and/or people with less space – probably ask all the time but, for me, it’s been a learning curve.

  15. #45 by Christine Sansom-Hunt on September 7, 2020 - 17:15

    I’ve been whittling away all through this pandemic. I now know that I did not stuff my lost passport in any of the five desks that I totally sorted. It may well and truly be lost. Books, Yarn and Fabric are my thing and yes I do think about it. Going on Facebook Marketplace, buying and selling has truly been an eye-opener. The antiques which we bought in the eighties and paid good money for, can hardly be given away now, who was to know. Still we’ve used and enjoyed them for forty years. Garden things sell the best, maybe that was because everyone was gardening during lockdown. Can’t give away clothes or shoes hardly, so they’re in the trunk of my car ready for the thrift/charity shop to open up. Other household things are a tossup. The thing is to send anything to the dump goes against how I think, but eventually some things are just not wanted by anyone. So I feel your pain and we aren’t even moving.

    • #46 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 10:00

      That is the way I’m thinking about our furniture. We don’t owe any of it anything – we’ve bought things we’ve loved – often vintage or antique – and have used it for a long time. The worse things are the ‘stuff’. My husband went to the dump yesterday with an old mantle clock. The glass was cracked, it doesn’t work and the wood surround was mucky – it had been in our shed for years – but the ‘operatives’ at the dump were incredulous we were throwing it away and it disappeared together with a rusty old brass lamp. Good luck to them I say!

  16. #47 by mlmcspadden on September 7, 2020 - 21:06

    I don’t envy your present work at downsizing in getting ready to move houses/country. the worst that I’ve had to do was go from 280 square meters to 92 sq meters. got rid of a lot in that move. Looing at most liekly having to move again in the foreseeable future so I’m starting to downsize again. Good luck on your move!

    • #48 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 10:03

      It’s something that doesn’t occur to you when you’re younger – especially if you have the space – but it suddenly seems to dawn on you that you really don’t need so much stuff and someday, somebody else will have to dispose of it if you don’t do it yourself 😮

  17. #49 by sew2pro on September 7, 2020 - 22:18

    I reluctantly got rid of about a box-full of books when we were redecorating our house prior to a sale and a move. There was a brief feeling of relief as I felt lighter and free but now we’re in a bigger space not only do I miss some of those tomes but my daughter’s reading list demands some of the very books I got rid off! But they’re replaceable; they were hardly rare editions. Also, all those small remnants of fabric – aka cabbage – which I was convinced would never find a purpose would have been ideal for my current project which is making of face covering (I had to spend £25 on new cabbage!)

    I’ll be thinking of you and hoping you find a buyer soon. How nice it will be to have your animals with you to make the new house immediately feel like a home!

    • #50 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 10:07

      Don’t get me started on the amount of books I have. I’ve declared there are some I can’t part with but, as you say, they are all replaceable and, if I’m being realistic, there are very few I’ll actually read again. The hardest ones to part with are the ones we read to the girls before they could read themselves so I might actually keep a few of the best of those.
      I have so much cabbage, and will probably produce quite a bit more, that I won’t feel too bad about leaving it behind. I have been in contact with a woman who took a lot of my yarn stash – she runs a craft workshop for children – so I’ve told her there could be more ‘stuff’ coming her way once I get round to the fabric.

  18. #51 by cedar51 on September 8, 2020 - 02:01

    I’ve had a number of clear-outs over the last 5 years … once when I downsized to here, that took me 6 months of hard labour – I would spend days in just one room, making decisions. When I moved here the spare room was stacked with boxes… A year or two back someone in the medical world made a diagnosis which caused me grave grief – and I hurried with de-stuffing to be told 6 months, someone made a “huge mistake” and I would continue to live for a some time longer. But every now and then I “sift/sort” and there are still 2 bags waiting to be taken to thrift shop place but our lockdown levels (in New Zealand) have me wary of doing terribly much in that line.

    The hardest thing to de-stuff, always seems to be our “hobbies/art/craft” and I know at times, I regret having given away or sent to the tip – things I now need/want…

    • #52 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 10:10

      These choices are always hard to make but I’m glad I don’t have the reason you had to make some rush decisions – what a terrible thing to happen, I can’t imagine the stress you must have been under.

  19. #53 by Dartmoor Creative on September 8, 2020 - 22:26

    Beautiful blocks. I dread downsizing – although we don’t plan doing it for a very long time. We realised the other day we’ve barely thrown away/passed on any of the furniture we’ve ever had. For a start we have five settees!

    • #54 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 10:14

      We are also not amongst the people who seem to think a new sofa is an essential item every Christmas. Something I’ve never understood anyway. Why bring a new item of furniture into the house just as more people are about to descend and those people are more likely to spill drink and food on it than any other time of the year. We can at least be comforted by the fact that our furniture (a lot of it vintage or antique to start with) has served us well and we’ve had our moneys worth out of it all so, if it can’t come with us, so be it.

      • #55 by Dartmoor Creative on September 10, 2020 - 10:53

        Good for you! However, although you may have used things well it’s still sad to have to let them go 😦

      • #56 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 13:28

        So very true 😭

      • #57 by Dartmoor Creative on September 10, 2020 - 17:56

        🙄

  20. #58 by craftycreeky on September 9, 2020 - 12:21

    Oh good luck with the down-sizing, we talk about down-sizing in about 10 years and I’m dreading it! The problem we have here is too much storage space – it’s too easy to just stash stuff somewhere which just might come in useful…!!! Love the blocks, the grey batiks are beautiful.

    • #59 by tialys on September 10, 2020 - 10:15

      Exactly – you sound like me, expanding into the space available. Now I have to do the reverse 😱

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