Something stirred me on to get my house in order recently and I’ve been busy going through storage boxes full of stuff I haven’t seen for months or maybe years.
Clothes that had been stored for a summer day, a thin day, a rainy day, a grow into day found their way to new homes via charity shops or friends. Shoes were sorted, anything that was worn down, shoddy and scruffy, grown out of or missing its opposite number was binned.
Seeing the boxes flattened and space appearing was the green light and inspiration for sorting out the clutter that has taken over the house. A lot of stuff was rubbish, broken, beyond economical repair, missing a bit or had no upcycling benefit so it was binned. The rest is sitting in open topped boxes ready to be taken to a car boot. I don’t need 9 Moroccan tea lights, 7 tea pots, 11 jugs, 3 cake stands, countless buttons, 5 glass bottles. I just don’t need it anymore.
I didn’t stop at that, oh no I carried on. Under the sink cupboard, bathroom shelves. Then with a clear space I sat down and felt a sense of calm and a surge of strength. The strength to admit that some friendships have wilted beyond recovery.
This week has been cathartic. Clearing out boxes has helped me to clear my head.
Have I told you I love stationery? Well “I love stationery” I’ve said it before and I will say it again “I love stationery“. Really I do and luckily everyone knows I do so they send me funny cards and notebooks – just because. One of my very daft friends bought me something for my birthday a few years ago and said “it jumped out at me and I knew it had to be yours” – my friends know me so well!
I met Sarah of Two Little Boys at Spirit of Christmas last year and bought a little book to keep the younger ones entertained at mealtimes during the festive season, well it was such a hit with both children and adults I might have to stock up this year! Funnily enough during one of my ‘moving furniture around moments’ I had a look through a box which was very festive and reminded me of the fun we had at mealtimes so of course I then had to look through the website again!
Two Little Boys offers a wide range of stationery to fit all moods, events and circumstances as well as their fantastic How to range. I really like the I’m going to be the boss and this is my plan folder and as I have some exciting plans for Nellie Pom Poms the folder fits so well. I showed it to a friend of mine whose son is off to university and she is going to be ordering the How to survive university ring binder which she has said she will fill with recipes and washing instructions, another friend is on a mission and this is ideal! To be honest there’s something for all of my friends!
I can remember getting pencils with my name on when I was younger and these pencils are now my grown up pencils, I’m not a connoisseur of pencils but these ones don’t crumble when you sharpen them which is a great big fat bonus in my book! They also don’t bleed as some pencils do and were easy to rub out, these are all important issues when filling in a new diary! The pencils would make ideal birthday gifts or new term stationery purchases. Gone are the days when my lot want pink and girly, now they want something that not everyone has but wants
Speaking of children there’s also a selection of games and books, I’ve yet to use the full set of IOUs but there are some that I will reward myself with! Thinking back to our wedding and our young pageboys they would have loved the range of Wedding Gifts for Children, we had disposable cameras that they took charge of and when the photos were printed it was like an album of out of focus Mix & Match.
There’s a notebook for every occasion and when I posted a photo of my new notebook recently lots of people asked where I had got it …… there’s a whole heap of Things and I probably need them all!
Thanks Sarah for sending me a box of goodies, they’re all great and I will be adding the website to my favourites.