Monday, 21 October 2013

Don't judge me too much!

Sometimes I worry I have too much stuff.  Well, I don't worry that I have too much, I worry other people will think I have too much.  Let's face it, I'm a worrier!

I don't class myself as a hoarder (ha!), to me a hoarder is someone who keeps everything regardless, with no use for things or even an intention of finding a use, just piled up randomly all over the place in heaps.  Probably deluding myself, but there you go.

I am a chucker outerer (technical term!).  I regularly get rid of anything that I no longer want or need, and try not to bring anything into the house that I don't want or need.  Clothes that don't fit, old bills all go.  I recycle magazines that have been read etc etc.  I have a big pile of books to read, but once they are read, I pass them on to someone else or the charity shop.

See, not sooooo bad.  This is what I took to the charity shop today after a weekend clear out.


And the empty car boot afterwards to show how much there was.


I only left the charity shop with one thing.


It was published in 1983.  Bet that Martha wouldn't wear a dress like that now!


There are a few areas where I have a weakness though.

Cake stands


Candles


Pyrex cinderella bowls


What do you mean, you see multiples of the same thing - surely not...

 
But I am selective, only the one shape and I would trade them all in for a complete set of Butterprint!

Well, apart from these two of course...


Plastic boxes

Actually, I don't collect plastic boxes at all, they just seem to grow and multiply on their own.

So don't judge me for being a gatherer, I am a chucker too!

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Hubby asked if I had many readers.  When I looked I was surprised to realise just how many of you have been reading along.  I notice also that since I added the links to follow on google and bloglovin, more of you are following me too.

So, I wanted to say hello and welcome to all of my new and existing readers, and a huge thank you to all of you.  Thank you also for all of your lovely comments, it is the best part of blogging for me!  I love to read what you think and to be able to have a little conversation with you.

Thank you for your friendship and support, I really appreciate it, and hope that I am in a little way able to reciprocate.

THANK YOU!!

Amy

32 comments:

  1. Hey! We're just the same! Well, except in different areas. I love books, but will keep a good one and get rid of the ones I don't like (even if I just bought it!). I am a re-reader of books. Not many magazines though. No pyrex, but loads of pottery ... all neatly stored! I love organizing my home, and am constantly making things fit better and will eventually break down & get rid of things if I find I'm never using them. I give everything a chance for usefulness before I chuck it. So I totally get what you mean. I inherited a ton of stuff from my parents, and that took a lot of time to sort through. From that my family calls me a hoarder ... which just angers me. Trust me, it's not at all worthy of putting me on a TV show! And I too am a "Tote Queen" as I love to put everything neatly in plastic totes ;) Enjoy your stuff & your purging ... it all goes hand-in-hand if we're careful!! Wendy x

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    1. Aww Wendy, you are so sweet. I haven't had to handle a large inheritance, but I imagine that is hard to handle, so much to sort out, and so many memories. We have spent so much of this year moving stuff around after inheriting various things when my Dad's Mum died this year, it seems as though it has been never ending, and I have a few more things to collect from my parents - just another half dozen platters!! How many platters do two adults need? You keep on collecting and chucking too - hope you enjoy it as much as I do! xx

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  2. I love a good clear out - and can often be heard moaning that there is just "too much stuff in this house"! However, I've recently found freecycle - so I'm clearing out, it goes to a good home, and I have space to fill again! :)

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    1. Well I hope that you have fun clearing out Sara, and then lots of fun filling up the space again with new found things! My hubby wants to run a one in one out rule - when he sticks to that we might consider talking about it! xx

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  3. You are very good, I always worry with the chucking out part if I'll need it in the future, I'm not as good at it as I'd like to be. Love your pyrex and cake stands.. gotts love Martha too, the perfect home maker :) xx

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    1. You think I'm a perfect home maker! Oh, no, you meant Martha!! I hope that there are some great recipes in the book, but I thought that it would be interesting to see what her books were like from 30 years ago. Try not to worry too much about the chucking is my advice, there is very little that I have ever chucked that I have needed again. I think it is a myth that you will need it the moment you chuck it! Have a good week. xx

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  4. I wish I had so much vintage Pyrex! I love that stuff and I never see much in the thrift shops here. I could kick myself now for not having splurged on a set of four mixing bowls this summer when I went to a vintage market in Colorado on vacation. They were the bright colors like you have, turquoise, coral, etc., a set of four sizes nested. Silly me. But it was $50 for the set which was not exactly cheap. I love those old Martha Stewart books, I take them out of the library sometimes. You're right, she'd never wear that dress today! She has a very conservative style now but I think she always looks very put-together. Well, she IS Martha Stewart, haha.

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    1. Fortunately although pyrex is not cheap, it is cheaper over here than for you. Wish that you had bought the bowls, but perhaps it just means that another set is waiting for you to find it. The bright colours are lovely aren't they. I had to rescue Martha - she was only £1.00. I think that Martha's style has moved on considerably since those days, but I guess that we all have. I will not be posting any photos of me 30 years ago! That would be scary... xx

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  5. Oh I want that Martha book! So funny, but I bet you'll have fun trying the recipes! I'm not much of a hoarder, but I do love my cookbooks...Chrissie x

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    1. It has some recipes that are amazingly old fashioned to our current eyes, but I will see what if anything I fancy cooking and report back on how I get on! You have to love a good cookbook don't you!

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  6. I found you via Linda at Rich Tapestry - I too seem to acquire plastic boxes - ice cream ones in particular, but it is not me it is my husband. I don't have a weakness for Pyrex, I think that every other present we were given when we got married was Pyrex, so I had my fill of it, but I do like your lovely cake stands.

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    1. Hi Rosemary, thanks for stopping by, glad you found me! Sounds as though you were over pyrexed so that you couldn't love it like me. I'm sure that you have other things you love though. Hope to see you again. xx

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  7. I've acrtually been following you via email, but I've just signed up to follow with blogger as well. I love your cake stands, they are so lovely, things like that... Love, but the bowls, I have one. And some clear glass bowls and that's it, I'm downsizing so I can move to the UK and travel, too much "stuff" stresses me out, like if I have homework to do and there is clutter, I can't relax. I think that's do to being raised with a pack rat... You are NOT a pack rat, you're just a woman that likes nice things and if you like... you collect. Now my dad... my dad is a pack rat!! That man will save ever box, every paper and every single screw, nut and bolt! I think I now have a phobea!
    lol
    Have a great week~!
    Tammy

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    1. Hey Tammy, I think that your reaction is quite common, lots of people I know of who grew up with lots of stuff around try and make sure that they minimise it in their own lives. Plus as you say, if you are moving to the UK you won't want to bring lots of things, there will be plenty of time to gather more around you when you are here! Good luck with the downsizing in the meantime. Hope you have a great week too. xx

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  8. Always good to have a clear out - but I LOVE those cake stands - gorgeous!
    Mary x

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  9. chucker-outer...haha....you crack me up! ;) I love your collections, too....that cake stand/dome with the bird? Gorgeous!

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    1. The one with the bird on top is the only Martha one I have, but it is lovely! Glad you like it too. xx

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  10. Oh you and I are on the same wavelength re decluttering! My favourite website at the moment is Becoming Minimalist, something I never would have expected (LOL) because I do love thrifted goodies! Love your Pyrex collection!
    And I'm not surprised you have so many readers, you are a lovely caring person who makes the effort to make new friends :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Fiona, it is lovely getting to know you, I will have to have a look at that minimalist website! xx

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  11. This post made me chuckle to myself :0) I think we're all guilty of a little hoarding. x

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    1. Somehow from the glimpses I have seen of your beautiful home on your blog, I can't imagine you hoarding anything Jill, so you must hide it well!!

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  12. I took a boot full to the charity shop on Saturday too, I always feel smug when I clear a load out, though all I'm really doing is making room for the next lot to come in. I don't have a thing for Pyrex at all, but just looked up Butterprint to see what it was and I can definitely see the attraction there. I love your cake stands and I'm just the same with candles.

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    1. You see what I mean about the Butterprint then Jo! and you can never have enough candles - I mean, what if the electric goes out - ha! Glad that I am not the only one who waits and takes a whole load to the charity shop at once. You should feel good about taking your load. xx

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  13. I'm chucker/recycler too, Amy. I have boxes in my garage that I add to, and when full, I donate. We have barrels to put recycling items, and those get emptied regularly.
    So, my friend; no judgment here! :)

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    1. We are all alike really aren't we! Happy gathering. xx

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  14. No judgement here, dear girl! I LOVE your candle stash and those cake stands!!! I LOVE CAKE STANDS! I have cabinets full of them and more on the way! No shame to it! :)

    It's difficult for me to purge the extras too... But I do - I comfort myself by saying the purge makes room for NEW things! HA HA!

    Keep being you - it's wonderful to be alive and as long as we are... Let's do it fully!! xo

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  15. We had to empty a cupboard today as part of our decorating, and I had to produce another three from the cupboard along with some other stuff that I had been hiding! Oh, and I had to confess to a new cake tin and two new pyrex bowls!! I certainly keep the stuff going out as well as coming in though. I'm not very good at standing still, have to keep moving! Did you see the cake tin? Nordic ware yule log - it is divine - you would love it I am sure. I'll keep being me, don't worry about that. xx

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  16. I love your cake stands are georgeous!!! (what Young look Martha in the picture:) love your Corning too I have someones, xo

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    1. I have to admit that the picture threw me for a minute, I had to do a second look to see that it really was her, she looks so different now. xx

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  17. It has definitely helped adding Bloglovin, because I am now getting your posts sent automatically. I was having to search for them before, and kept missing them, hence the catching up today.

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    1. Glad that you can keep up with me now Tracey! xx

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