Posted by Sari
My parents were kids during the war and grew up during the lean years after it. This, I think, has left their whole generation with a formidable hoarding instinct. When this hoarding instinct is connected with the post-war consumerism the results boggle the mind. A bally huge binliner filled with hats not used for ten years. Fourteen - count them: fourteen - duvets. Around 40 steak knives. 28 bottles of clensers. 8 huge rolls of red ribbon for tying up presents. Over 40 packs of paper napkins. Moving my parents was an eyeopener. It is not that you should not buy things, shopping therapy rules, but then you should gift, recycle or just throw away the old stuff. Otherwise the equation just does not work.
Actually, the fact that my mom fell from her horse, cracked her ribs and managed to get a hemothorax to boot actually made the move possible. As I was left with packing their stuff, you have no idea how much just "got lost" during the move...
Anyway, they are safely in their really nice brand new flat. Just few pictures to hang and we should be good to go. Mom has still some liquid in the lungs but that should mend on its own in time, and she has also started to get back to her normal routine. This means get my life back! No really, it hasn't been that bad, just incredibly busy.