If you`re old don`t go into the roof!

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If you`re old don`t go into the roof!

I decided to save the kids some stress by clearing out the roof space while I still can. There were about 30 large boxes of `historic stuff` and half a ton of papers including drawings and reports from my times with various racing organisations. I found a roll of drawings and a box of papers relating to a particular  project and thought someone may have a use for them so I phoned around and next day they arrived to collect.......which turned into a 4 hour interview and `I`m the only one still alive who knows and would I like to give talks on it all before I die` etc. Well that was one box, there is stuff up there going back to the Crimean war...I think I may just seal the roof and move house! 

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Having just cleared my late fathers house, we've decided to have a life laundry. Probably 80% from dads was 'recycled'!

The challenge is not to buy too much 'stuff' in the first place.

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I find this a very difficult process, having been through several iterations.

Now that both my parents have died, I am trying to find sensible homes for a lot of material of huge variety, from my great-uncle's letters home from WW1 in Macedonia and the flag which draped his coffin (I'm hoping the regimental museum will be interested) to all the haberdashery from my mother.  (and hundreds of books which I can not accommodate)

It is the mixture of knowing I can not fit anything more into my little house, to knowing that I have already made my choices in my possessions yet being reminded of the history of so much of it.  I start by making the easy decisions, then find there remain a lot of marginal or difficult ones.

I definitely want fewer possessions.

Stephen

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Stephen,

I agree completely - we've got down to the sentimental / has this got some value? stage.

We've all kept lots of things. It's interesting that my siblings and I all wanted to keep different things - there wasn't one item we all wanted. I guess like you say, it's the things that trigger memories.

I found a mint condition Morris Marina car handbook that dad forgot to put back in the car when he traded it in - I've sent that to the owners club just this week.

Ian

 

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Its called Swedish Death Cleaning https://www.buzzfeed.com/gyanyankovich/what-is-swedish-death-cleaning

I wish my parents would start, the amount of stuff they have is unreal.  

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Were trying to have a clear out ,still have things from my dads who died poss ten years ago , poss some are worth a bob or two if  you can find a buyer  ,a lot sentimental ,,,we have three kids but don’t think any would want any of the stuff , it’s not ,fashionable ect ,, wonder at times if it’s just worth flogging the lot ,just ask the kids if they want any bits ,flog the rest enjoy the cash , have a Hamilton watch ,my dad gave me for my 21 st so now nearly 50 years old still works fine ,I never were a watch , kids were round Xmas showed it to them , one son same me never weres a watch , David eldest does ,, but 12 year old granddaughter said , that’s old and not fashionable dad wouldn’t were that ,

have two Wedgwood Potts of my grandads ,,poss nearly 70 years old he was a pigeon nut , used to race them ,been onto Wedgwood ,but they say would have to take them down for them to look at as no record of them although there marked  but said at that time they used to commission pieces as this was a nationwide pigeon race price that’s poss what they are , took then to a so called expert valuation place on iom ,, O I’ve seen stacks of those poss worth £30 , 

bulshit was my answer ,,but not that polite , told him been onto wedge wood ,changed his mind then , all kids ,,we don’t want them there not  the in thing 

i could go on so good luck 

derek

 

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Not seen that before.
 
Thanks
 
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Have a read of the article - I've sent some excerpts to my sisters and had a proper, tears rolling down my face laugh.

Response was "You wont find anything like that!"

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Top tip, always make a list of what you throw away, it saves a lot of time looking for stuff you haven't got.

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I found house moving a very useful exercise - oddly, we disposed of even more stuff after the move than before. It was the  realisation that I had been storing things I had completely forgotten about. Family stuff is hard  but I grasped the nettle and realised that items that had been important to my parents  weren't necessarily so to me - they are long gone, the  only  reason to keep was a vague sense of guilt so down to the charity shops  I went .

As for my own stuff...well, if I had forgotten I had it then it wasn't important and could go for someone else to enjoy/flog on eBay

Getting rid of stuff - decluttering - is cathartic    

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John,

You've just reminded me of AMMO (duratec engine builder) who posted about selling up everything and going traveling around the world!

Anyone still in touch with him? 
 

Ian