Spurs Fan hates to throw things out. Our roof space is full of obsolete (‘Can you remember if that’s just ancient or did it break?’) equipment, curly teaching notes and cassette tapes. Despite regular small clear outs of books, clothes and random bits, we still take up a lot of space. Every so often I suggest getting a skip and Spurs Fan, equally horrified each time, maintains that ‘You never know when we’d need that…’
But now? Well, who needs a skip when there’s a caravan? The mug collection in the garage just needs a wash; the green plastic chairs, a wee dust. Mismatched crockery in the attic? Come on down! Unwrap all those blankets from round the hotwater tank! Some readers may even recognise the red handled cutlery from the 1980s that reappeared yesterday. Have I been collecting for a caravan for years without realising it?
Of course, I’m all of a sudden wondering about where the cushions went, or the utensil pot, or the boring bedding. Did I really manage to sneak those off to the charity shop when Spurs Fan wasn’t paying attention? Well, that turns out to be inconvenient.
Also, sometime I gave away clothes that would fit now. If only I had faith in WeightWatchers, the call of the wild and myself. Happily, Spurs Fan is a better person than I, and won’t say ‘I told you so’ too often.