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To tell DH that we are NEVER moving house

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BalloonSlayer Mon 24-Aug-09 21:39:21

Because the loft is so full of crap that I can't bear the thought of emptying it?

I have only just started going up there myself; 99% of it has been put there by DH.

Observed up there this day:

- Selection of uninteresting books. Reason for keeping: unknown
- Selection of saucy DVDs - reason for keeping, had builders in, didn't want them to find
- Selection of dollies. Reason for keeping - DD might have had tantrum if thrown
- cuttings of carpet; many and varied (some of which is large acreage of carpet that I had three small bits of (grammar!) and had to pay carpet fitter ££££££ to jigsaw together to match our landing as DH said "that's all that's there!") Reason for keeping "well you never know" Well I did never know and you said that was all that was up there << froths at mouth>>
- I won't go on

So AIBU to say that we have to stay in this house till we both die and the DCs have to sort out the loft? Given that most of it is their shite anyway (except the DVDs which I will grudgingly remove)

wheredidiputmyfone Mon 24-Aug-09 21:43:41

It's OK, your DH will be the one who'll have to empty it grin

Umlellala Mon 24-Aug-09 21:49:48

Ha ha, dh is a teacher so we have spent the last 6 weeks Clearing the Loft in prep for our imminent house move. It's been like Christmas every day!! grin

And am very excited that the new house does not have a loft (lots of storage space but more focused)... although there is a big shed...

TrillianAstra Mon 24-Aug-09 21:51:34

DP's parents are like this, except they have a 3-storey house and instead of a loft it's nearly the entire 2nd floor.

<exaggerates wildly>

They do have a lot of stuff.

TeamEdward Mon 24-Aug-09 21:53:23

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LovelyTinOfSpam Mon 24-Aug-09 21:54:56

Oh god don't get me started...

<buried head in hands>

<wails despairingly>

<gets divorced>

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Mon 24-Aug-09 22:51:06

When we moved house DH refused to let me put anything in the loft.

He had spent days emptying the loft in our previous house and apparently 99% of it was mine and 97% of it was rubbish smile

prettyfly1 Mon 24-Aug-09 22:52:57

One word - FREECYCLE. Get rid of all of it

hambler Mon 24-Aug-09 22:57:29

yes! freecycle!

Umlellala Tue 25-Aug-09 08:03:03

Oh yes, but you have to get it out of the loft in the first place...

BalloonSlayer Tue 25-Aug-09 08:25:19

How can I freecycle it though if the second a DC claps eyes on most of it the wail goes up "Oh I wanted thaaaaaaaaaaat!!"

I gave away one measly set of hama beads recently and that had to be done with nods and winks with the lady who collected them ("I've come for the you-know-what" << taps nnose >> "Oh yes, right with you" and a hurried furtive handover. Thank God the drugs squad weren't prowling the streets with nothing to do.)

No, my sisters and I spent quite a lot of time (well mainly one sister, not me) sorting through all my late Dad's crapola recently.

I am by way of thinking this is a fine family tradition worth continuing.

I can imagine the disgruntled comments from three (hopefully) fortysomethings "God I can't believe she kept all this." A ghostly wind will seem to echo through the rafters; "Blaaaame your faaaatherrrrrr..."

Umlellala Tue 25-Aug-09 08:54:04


I fear I may have got dd a bit too OTT on the freecycle/ebay front. The other day she couldn't find one of her shoes, cue 'oh, maybe we gave it to another little girl' <wistful look>

She has also been known to say 'it's prob'ly in the loft' wink

coldasanewrazorblade Tue 25-Aug-09 08:58:05

We've recently started clearing our garage of stuff we'd saved to sell, some of it was put aside for ebay three years ago. Before we moved house. hmm

girlsyearapart Tue 25-Aug-09 08:58:37

loft conversion!
Had one when dd2 was just born and now there's nowhere to put my worthless crap lovely stuff.
Job done

thesecondcoming Tue 25-Aug-09 09:06:59

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feetheart Tue 25-Aug-09 09:15:05

Just be grateful you didn't move into the house your DH grew up in, and that your long-dead father-in-law was a hoarder, as was DH's sister, as is DH....................argh!

TeamEdward Tue 25-Aug-09 17:06:34

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DrEvil Wed 26-Aug-09 19:35:06


We had lived in 3 houses by the time ds2 was 9months old (forces family not doing lots of moonlight flits).

I am not moving for many many years now, I don't care what happens workwise. All our -crap- precious things are still in the boxes from move 1 and I can't be bothered to sort through any of it.

heartmoonshadow Thu 27-Aug-09 08:56:46

Nope not unreasonable - we have this problem. We bought my in-laws house from them when they moved to sheltered accommodation and ended up with their 50 years worth of crap precious items! Which we when we moved we had to have a van for 2/3 days to get rid of the stuff, only to have made a similar mistake - we bought my parents house off my dad after mum passed away and he moved in with new partner. (This was 3 years down the line btw not straight away!) Needless to say we inherited 42 years of accumulated rubbish here - some mine; some parents; some grandparents and some my brothers - my mum was a bit of a magpie.

To top this we live in a bungalow do you know how much rubbish can go in the loft of a bungalow, well after 2 years of throwing at least 1 box a week out we have a space - not much but it is getting there.

All I can say is thank God we have no more parents houses to buy.

sabire Thu 27-Aug-09 09:08:19


Our loft is chocka, and ...sob.... we have cellar as well, and that's full of rubbish too. I feel like I'm the filling in a crap sandwich - slowly being pressed to death by the accumulating crud above and below.

Fruitbeard Thu 27-Aug-09 10:31:48

Oh god yes, we have a cellar and DD's refrain is 'is it in the cellar, mummy?' Which would be fine if the light in the cellar worked and it wasn't full of big hairy spiders...

expatinscotland Thu 27-Aug-09 10:55:59

get rid of it whilst he out at work. that's what i did.

diddl Thu 27-Aug-09 11:58:00

Same problem here, although ours is in the cellar.
Which we had hoped to turn into a playroom.
Maybe it´ll be a "den" by the time they are teenagers!

Deeeja Thu 27-Aug-09 15:15:44

Before we moved dh had an 'office', where he kept all his crap. Now we have moved, he lost his 'office', and has been sneakily trying to store his 'stuff' on top of wardrobes and in the dc rooms. I have nagged and nagged and he got rid of one box yesterday. Today I have gone around the house and slowly started to --chuck out-- find better places to store it.
He will not, however, part with his comics. But at least that is only one box.

Deeeja Thu 27-Aug-09 15:16:40

SIGH! I can never strike out words. Gah!

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