Downsizing Can Be a Liberation

Downsizing can be liberating

Any change can be daunting and none more so than making the decision to move from a larger family home. However, downsizing could also be a liberation.

The children have grown up and have left to start their own adult lives, but alongside the lives lived within those walls, has come an accumulation of stuff. Sometimes, despite the sentimental value, it accumulates to the point where the


Memories and Possessions

Do we need to retain our memories of special moments?

How many of us actually ever look at those souvenirs we have kept of special moments?
They are often items of little monetary value – a champagne cork, an old theatre or concert programme, faded letters, a much-battered child’s toy – but more sentimental memories.
Psychologists argue that our relationship with possessions is based on the fact that we own them, which means that we


Charity Donations and Storage

Charity Clothes Donations and Storage

There are hidden depths to the whole business of donating clothes to charity, as well as a lot of mistaken beliefs about what happens to them.

According to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), last year in the UK we bought 1,130,000 tonnes of clothes. However, a study by Barnardo’s in 2015 revealed that each item we own is only worn


Suffolk History in the Easter Holidays

Exploring Suffolk history during the coming Easter holidays

In past blogs we have looked at some of the famous names and dates in history that are associated with Suffolk.
But with the Easter holidays coming up we have some suggestions for historic places that you might be interested in exploring with your children.
Here are some suggestions:


Why is Hoarding Considered a Disorder

Hoarding – when does it become a disorder?

The phenomenon of hoarding as distinct from collecting has become a topic for debate and for research by psychologists as well as having its own section as a disorder on the NHS website.
It is a popular assumption that


Famous Hoarders in History

Famous Hoarders in History

Hoarding has become a favourite topic of research among psychologists, but it has also been a focus for politicians from time to time. Famously in the 1930s when FDR issued an


List Makers – Rule breaker or Well Organised

Are you a list maker?

Further to a blog which I wrote back in Feb 2017, this is a great follow-up written by Alison Withers on our behalf –

There is an interesting psychology behind the making of lists.
They can indicate that the person is a rule breaker, or that they are compulsively well-organised. It all depends on what you do with the list after


US and UK Homes – A different Language

The Language of US and UK Homes

In our last blog we compared the amount of possessions in the average US and UK homes. We found that in spite of being roughly twice the size, in the US the use of self-storage facilities by homeowners had increased at a rapid rate.
So, this time we thought we’d look at other differences, and it’s all about the language.