How important are possessions?

Last Friday it rained. It rained all day. Me and my girls were holed up at home. Can’t complain, we’ve been out and about all summer hols so it gave us the opportunity to have a long overdue sort out!

Wow we have a lot of stuff! Sorting out what we needed and what we could get rid of to create more space was a tiresome but therapeutic job.

Broken toys were binned, old or damaged clothes recycled, nice but not needed – charity shop.

What our ‘sort out’ made me realise is that we have stuff and we own possessions.

A TV, Ipad, computer, car, bikes….. stuff worth money but replaceable not treasured.

We treasure our possessions, they are irreplaceable and have a provenance important only to our family.

We need to protect our precious possessions, they are part of our history and who we are, providing a home layered with memories.

What matters most to me-


From the memory box


My daughter’s first shoes, hats, swimming costumes, socks from my memory box


family photos


Old family photos and the mirror that hung in the hallway of my childhood family home.



The clock that hung in my Grandad’s workshop for 25 years. It is always 2.05pm


Grandad's table


The table my Grandad made when he was an apprentice 80 years ago. Worth pennies but to me priceless.


Great Aunt Edith's trunk


My Great Aunt Edith’s trunk that was shipped to Beirut in the 30’s with her ‘stuff’ when she worked at the British Embassy.




The print my brother did for his Art A level that has been on a wall everywhere I’ve lived for the last 2o years


So what matters most to you stuff or possessions?

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To enter create a Vine of something that matters to you. Taking inspiration from the “What Matters” advert, animate your object to produce a video that shows what makes it special to you. –

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2 thoughts on “What Matters Most

  • August 19, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I am a sentimental so and so and a bit of a hoarder but it’s hard not to want to keep hold of the things that remind us of a loved one or a certain time in our lives. Thanks for sharing your lovely collection of ‘stuff’ 🙂
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