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  1. I’ve just done a huge decluttering of my wardrobe, kitchen and linen cupboards. In Turkey it’s really hard to find charity shops to drop off, so I joined freecycle Istanbul… One woman was so grateful to get my extra plates I felt ashamed of how much stuff I have accumulated over the years. My mother in law set up the apartment when I got married (5 years ago, and a typical thing for a mother/ mother in law to do here). We had 28 plates for 2 people!! And 28 shallow bowls that area almost the same as plates. Talk about overkill. We also had at least 2-3 extra linen sets and about 8 hand towels that had never been used. It felt so good to get rid of so much excess, and slowly but surely things are having their own ‘place’ now there is no space. I’m also keeping in mind we’ll be leaving Turkey in the next 2 years or so, so I’d rather cut back now than have to do it all at the end.

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