Spring is all about decluttering, it’s part of the human condition to want to clear away the old to make way for the new and this is where I tend to get a bit stuck….
Take these clogs for example, do I bin them, send them to the charity shop, do a car boot sale…or….keep them? They have absolutely no use whatsoever but there is huge sentimental value attached to them and every time I look at them they make me laugh.
I bought them back from a business trip to Amsterdam for my daughter and they were really quite big for her but she would insist on wearing them to the childminder every morning. So Broadway Market and Columbia Road would be entertained with some early morning clomping sounds of a slow walking five year old who was overjoyed with her new shoes. Needless to say, we got a lot of strange looks and possibly made a few hipster hangovers a lot worse to boot…but that was nine years ago.
The thing is, now I’ve taken this picture, perhaps that might do, I can happily wave them goodbye. The problem is, I’ve got another seven or eight boxes of childhood kitsch to work through and once I start tearing through the contents, I surround myself with more mess than when I started. It’s a vicious cycle of ‘stuff’ and I may have to give up and call in the professional declutterers to save me from being the rookie hoarder that I am…but in my mind’s eye I can see myself squirrelling things away before they turn up. It’s just the way I’m built I suppose, it’s the opposite of tidying up before the cleaner comes, but just the same.
Any ideas on what to do with the clogs are very welcome (but I do put a stop at turning them into planters…)