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You know the Little Pickle’s room is cluttered.  You want to make it a clearer, calmer, more relaxing space. (Or in more extreme cases, you’d just like to be able to get from the bed to the door.)

But where to start?

Try this.  It’s modelled on how our old vicar used to describe his job responsibilities. 

Hatch:

Does it represent a beginning?  First tooth lost, first beloved teddy, first tiny pair of shoes? Squirrel it away in a treasures drawer, frame it and mount it on the wall, even get it gilded if that’s your thang. Adorable. 

Match:

Does it represent a milestone in a relationship or a rite of passage or an initiation?   So christening or naming gifts, significant cups or medals (but not every plastic shield they’ve ever got).  A bridesmaid’s dress or ballet shoes from a first solo may qualify, as may football boots from a cup final or a ¾ size guitar from a Grade 1 music exam. (Or could you go one better and keep the tiara instead of the dress, the plectrum instead of the guitar? It’s the memory that counts, after all, not really the thing.)

Despatch:

Does it mark the end of something? The love letters of childhood might include their shirt scrawled with all the names of their friends on the last day of junior school, the collar of a beloved pet or a music box from a departed grandparent.

For instance, in my latest de-clutter of my children’s rooms I clung to the adorable outfits they wore the first time they were pages, the smart button-down collared shirts they wore aged 5 at their dear grandpa’s funeral, and the colourful tank tops I dressed them in at their grans’ subsequent re-marriage.

Just to warn you, your children may be less sentimental than you.  Mine laughed me out of town on the shirts and tank tops but kindly agreed to keeping the pages outfits because they were ‘hilarious’. Thanks boys.

 Victoria x