We are always the last in the street to put up decorations. Mind you, Nice Mrs Next Door usually has hers up midway through November so it is a bit of a challenge if I want to get anything up earlier.
Speaking of Nice Mrs Next Door, I suspect that one day she will hunt me down - I keep giving her husband stuff. We have finally got rid of a unit that has been in bear's room and the living room on and off since bear was a baby. It was one of the few bits of furniture that we bought because we were having a baby and looked a bit like this
And it did very well for years. However now it is getting rickety, shaky and I want less storage.
It may sound a bit odd, but I am certain I want less storage. If I have less storage, I have less room for stuff and if I have less stuff then I have an easier time cleaning, promoting air flow and generally finding lost things. I have less clutter magnets and I have to deal with stuff there and then, not put it down in a 'safe place' to deal with 'later'. Just by getting rid of the unit we have made a space where the small table used to be as it is now holding the router, the Wii and the Christmas Tree instead of the unit, but it is a lot smaller and there just seems to be more air.
I saw Nice Mr Next Door this morning and mentioned that we were going to take the unit to the tip, but 'you can have it if you want it'. Actually Nice Mr Next Door could think of a dozen uses so he would happily take it, thank you. He's done it for spare tools (for the scrap), bits of furniture, old duvets and rags. His wife has been less impressed. I've just noticed some wire that we don't need and it would be a shame not to pass it on to someone who could use it. I just need to make sure that Nice Mrs Next Door isn't looking.