We have been decluttering our house since we came home from our holiday in January.
It looks like this is the year that our quake-damaged house will be repaired
(you have to wait till your name comes up)
and so we have been working towards getting ready to pack up and move out
while the repairs are carried out.
We have found a lot of junk, my word
bag after bag after bag has been put in the bins for recycling at the opshop,
but every now and again you find a treasure.
Like dear old Noddy, lovingly knitted by my mum for Chrissy when she was tiny.
When we found him, he had lost his trousers and so we asked Grandma
if she would be able to make another pair.
As it turns out thanks to the wonders of the internet,
Grandma found the pattern and knitted a lovely new pair of shorts for Noddy.
Noddy now has many more years of being loved ahead of him
with his privacy intact!
We are being pretty ruthless. There are LOTS of sentimental items,
but often a photo of the item is enough to help us remember
and we don't need to keep every single reminder of days gone by.
Noddy is actually wearing one shoe of his own
and one belonging to Aunty Sharyn's Noddy, maybe 30 years old and perfect
to keep Noddy's feet warm.
When I think about what to keep and what to let go of, this is what I say to myself...
Do we still have a use for it?
Is it fit for the purpose it is intended?
Do we still love it?
and also one more... Do we have room for it??
Noddy passes the test with flying colours
and will live at our home for many years to come.
Now only two more wardrobes to go.