When we’ve been in a home for quite a few years, it becomes very difficult to throw things out – downsize or just reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ around. There seems to be this problem in my own abode – I’m forever picking up things that don’e seem to have a permanent home elsewhere and when asking forlornly “does this belong to anyone”, there is no sensible reply. I have a complete garage full of unloved and despised articles. On further investigation I realise that the majority of these were unwanted gifts from various family and friends who should really have known better! As a family these days, because time and budgets are tight, we have implemented a system for getting all homewares and gifts from online sites that we have personally bought from and can trust for supply a wide range of unusual goods that simply won’t be sitting in the local supermarket.