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
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
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
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
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
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
Despite trends such as minimalism and decluttering and the “throwaway society” idea of the relentless pursuit of the newest and best, human beings are nothing if not contrary and many of us find it difficult to get rid of possessions.
The 19th Century British textile designer William Morris advised:
In a recent blog we looked at the history of furniture through the ages and one of the most striking things was the minimal amount of possessions with which ordinary people survived right up until the early part of the 20th Century.
A table, wooden bench, stool or