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What a mess, Auntie Phyllis! (how to declutter your kid’s toys)

Some of our family came to visit the other day. Our 3 year old nephew walked straight into the lounge and exclaimed loudly and squeakily “What a mess, Auntie Phyllis!”. I have to admit, he had a point. He’s wise beyond his years that boy. I embarrassedly shooed him out onto the balcony where I discovered various shards of plastic toys, that my darling Phillip … Continue reading What a mess, Auntie Phyllis! (how to declutter your kid’s toys)

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The 4 most important things that define if your home is big enough

Right, I’ve had a good read about the psychological impact of living in places that are too small, and worked it all out.  As said elsewhere on this blog , there is a lower limit to the size of homes we should live in.  But if all homes of that size are room enough, why are so many people desperate to live somewhere larger than … Continue reading The 4 most important things that define if your home is big enough

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It’s all in your head

You may have noticed that large rooms with high ceilings didn’t feature on the list of things that psychologically affect us in relation to overcrowding. That’s not to say they don’t affect us emotionally, it’s just the effect is largely unknown. No researcher has ever thought “I’ll spend thousands of pounds of my research money trying to discover if a high-ceiling improves quality of life”. … Continue reading It’s all in your head

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Nesting

I have started “nesting”. When I say nesting, I think I actually mean panicking. I have been thinking about the reality of, not only sleeping in a room with a new baby, but storing a lot of their stuff in our already full to the brim bedroom too, as we don’t have a spare bedroom like we did the first time round. This panic coincided … Continue reading Nesting

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Toys- how to avoid the clutter

I’m not saying he’s spoilt but our son probably doesn’t need 2 car parks, 4 pull along toys, 3 kitchens, 20 cars and approximately 3260 soft animals… I know we should get rid of some of them. I just can’t bring myself to do it though. I feel mean getting rid of our son’s toys, especially if they were presents given by someone other than us. … Continue reading Toys- how to avoid the clutter