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Little Jem


I can identify with that too ! The trouble is - the longer you keep something, the greater the certainty that you will need it as soon as you've plucked up courage to throw it out ! We hung onto about 20 bathroom tiles at our last house (they were the 'spares' from the shower room, done by the people before us). They sat on a shelf in the garage for at least 25 years. Then I saw someone asking for tiles to create an outdoor BBQ area - so I offered them, and they were collected gratefully. Literally 2 days after that (and only 4 days before my in-laws were due to arrive for 5 weeks !), my husband was using that shower, and 3 tiles fell off the wall, revealing damp behind. He told me he needed to patch it up temporarily, until we could do a proper replacement. You're ahead of me - yes, he said, "Luckily, we still have those spare ones in the garage ..." Mum ... He could not believe it ! I pointed out THAT'S why people hang onto stuff - so we had to go and get another box of the cheapest white tiles we could find ... Sigh. I'm trying not to leave that kind of mess for our daughters when the time comes for them to sort our stuff out !

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Hilary Knight

Recipe books - I had SO many, collected over many years, and often only a few favourite recipes used many times from each. The books were well thumbed and grubby and not suitable for resale so I cut out my favourite recipes, laminated them and filed them all in a ring binder. The remains of the books went into recycling.
Saved a load of space, didn’t loose anything important to me and the recipes still bring joy and memories of their previous home when I select and cook from them via the file.

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Little Jem

An excellent idea, Hilary Knight ! I have a few cookery books I turn to regularly for 'favourites', but have acquired many of mine as gifts from friends and relatives around the world - I have some from Canada, some from Australia, some German ones etc ... These feel more like treasured friends than clutter (though our daughters will inevitably feel differently about them once we're no longer around !) I'd have a hard time parting with some of them, though I try not to acquire any more now. I also have a file - with recipes cut from newspapers and magazines in the past. These hold no sentimental value, so I could easily get rid of those no longer used.

   

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