Most of yesterday was spent clearing out my bedroom for the decorator who arrived this morning at an ungodly hour. The room is going to be transformed by the pretty pale blue-grey colour I have chosen, having bought far too many sample pots of various shades of blue - everything from barely there to the darkest possible Georgian blue which I love in magazines but am not quite brave enough to use.
And this is the problem. So much choice, so many sample pots. Why? I knew after the third colour I tried out that my search was over; this colour was perfect. What to do now with all the other little pots? Projects I suppose. Repaint the kitchen chairs and small items of furniture or paint plant pots, perhaps. A pity not to use them but more jobs to add to the endless and ever growing to-do list.
But the stuff that came out of my bedroom! Especially out of my wardrobe. Where did it all come from? How did it get there and why did I want/need it? So many pairs of shoes? So many scarves? And the earrings, necklaces, handbags and clutch bags, jackets, dresses ... all no doubt bought for a reason at some point. The clothes I needed for a job I no longer have, special occasion clothes for a party or wedding, too nice to let go but probably not to be worn again, unless I take to going to the village shop or walking the dogs in them! Not entirely practical.
The spare bedroom now looks like a branch of an Oxfam shop. In my head I would love to be someone who buys only one or two carefully chosen pieces but this has never happened and probably never will. Instead, I am a magpie!
The sooner it all disappears back into the various nooks and crannies of my bedroom, the better. I shall no doubt do a bit of desultory pruning, a few books to the charity shop, a few pairs of the high heeled shoes I can no longer wear put on ebay, perhaps, and a big note to self. For goodness sake, stop buying scarves!