"Do it your way" people helpfully suggest. I can only assume these people don't have a family. I know that advice is meant with kindness, but for our family it just makes things worse so I have to try to make the best of a very bad forced jollity laden job. Yesterday I overheard part of a conversation between Dan and his Mum about gifts. It went along the lines of "I don't really want to buy any presents, but if I don't buy you anything then you won't buy me anything and I won't have anything to open". What can you do with that?
Everyone has their own coping strategy when stress arrives, some people hit the bottle, some go out jogging, some bake, I have a sort out. The house seemed stuffed to bursting and all I could think about was the stream of junk that's about to flow into the house. So I grabbed a bin bag and got to it. We started with the easy stuff, some bedding that we never use, most of our wool items and some other bits and bobs that I have been thinking of donating for a while. I have managed to fit everything into the porch cupboard so I don't have to risk the door falling off when I go in for the ironing board or Henry *phew*
The weird cupboard on the landing is no longer a stash and dash site. It was mostly stuff to be donated or things that needed to be returned to the garage. Now there's nothing.
In the kitchen I have one empty drawer, I have no intention of finding something to go in it. It's nice to have a bit of space.
Which brings me to the giveaway. When I was working through my wool items I came across this scarf. It's a Gap lambswool scarf that I bought for 50p many many years ago from the charity shop I volunteered at before this one.
I don't know if anyone would like it, but if you would then let me know. It's in good condition and that's all there is to say about it.