What Can’t You Bear To Part With – Valued Possessions?

shoes on display

Shoe Collection

What Possessions can’t you bear to part with?

In 2015 anthropologists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) carried out a study into possessions in the average home. It found that even in the smallest home in their study, a house of 980 sq ft, there were, in the two bedrooms and living room alone

Family heirlooms – why do we hang onto “stuff”?

Heirloom Ornaments

Anyone who has ever sold their home will be familiar with the agents’ advice to remove “personal clutter” and create an open and neutral space into which viewers can project their imaginations.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
A couple of years ago a book by Japanese author, Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising, became an international best seller.
It is based on the principle that we should keep only those possessions that we truly love and will use and should be ruthlessly disciplined about getting rid of everything else. Her suggested methods,

Spring Cleaning, Hoarding and Decluttering

Last August I wrote a post on hoarding “The UK a Nation of Hoarders” and following on from this and the last post “Smaller UK Homes” I thought that it might be worth revisiting the hoarding subject again, especially as we are now officially into Spring and Spring Cleaning is just around the corner!
In my original post I wrote –

The UK A Nation of Hoarders

What makes us a nation of hoarders?

According to new research from Cushman & Wakefield and the Self Storage Association UK (SSA UK), in March 2015 there were approximately 2,650 storage facilities in Europe, over 80% are located in just six countries.

UK has the most storage facilities than any other country in Europe

UK has the most storage facilities than any other country in Europe

The UK is the largest market with 40% of the total, followed by France, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Sweden.

UK (INC. CONTAINERS): Population: 64,100,000 Est. no. of facilities: 1,077

FRANCE: Population: 66,874,000 Est. no. of facilities: 336

THE NETHERLANDS: Population: 16,982,000 Est. no. of facilities: 282

SPAIN: Population: 47,727,000 Est. no. of facilities: 263

GERMANY: Population: 79,829,000 Est. no. of facilities: 143