This was a book handed to me by a friend and was just right for the mood I was in at the time. It is about a women who has survived cancer and her marriage hasn’t survived it. She has moved from the house of her dreams to a small flat and discovered that her new flat is too small for all her possessions. So she decides that she will keep just 100 items and the rest will go.
We have now lived in our house for over 14 years. I have always been a bit of a hoarder but when we arrived we were fairly streamlined having moved twice in a few years. Nothing like a move to focus you on what you want and don’t want to keep. But now I am so aware that we have just accumulated and accumulated. Although we do have the annual clear out especially of children’s toys and clothes we have too much stuff. I know we do and sometimes I think it would be quite liberating to just walk out and start again. But as this book points out although we do have too much in terms of clutter in our lives. We also have precious items that are just beautiful or bring back a memory or just suit where you are now.
This book is about a women setting out on a new life and we get to journey with her as through clearing out her past possessions she makes peace with her past and allows her to walk into a future. And a rescue dog entering her life and them both learning to trust one another is also an endearing side to this book.
I enjoyed this book though it has made me realise that I really do have to have a clear out but do it by keeping what is beautiful, has a memory or is just right for now.