When I was a kid, I would buy things that I thought were cool and throw them away.
Now I’ve been able to save them, I say, and move on to something that I’m actually excited about, rather than buying it from a store I’d never go back to.
This is a recurring theme in my life.
I still have things that my parents would rather me not have, so it’s always interesting to come back to them.
I was never good at saving things and I think this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to do it.
My biggest regret is not having more things in my home, because that’s what I’m used to.
I know that’s the part of living that I love the most, and it’s the hardest part of it to put stuff away.
But now I know it’s not about keeping things.
What was the hardest thing about being a mum?
I would never have a child if I hadn’t had to do everything.
Being a mum has been so rewarding.
There are so many reasons why I’ve kept things: because I’ve felt like I’m a good mum, because I want to share my experiences with others and also because I like having things to do with my kids.
I don’t think it’s hard to put things away, because it’s such a part of my life now.
Why did you want to be a mum in the first place?
My husband and I were married when I was 18.
I knew I wanted to be like him, I thought.
So when I married him I thought, I want my children to have the same experiences as I did.
How do you manage all that?
The way I’ve organised my life is that I try to make sure that when I have a day off I have things to enjoy.
I think it comes from a desire to be kind and supportive, and I also think it stems from my desire to see my kids grow up in a positive and supportive environment.
Do you feel any guilt about how you organise your life?
Yes, I do.
I have to take responsibility for everything.
If I’ve spent time worrying about things, I’m worried about the kids.
And if I’m spending time thinking about things that aren’t important to me, I think I’m letting them down.
If I’m doing things that are stressful, it’s because I don’t want them to get frustrated.
Where do you live?
I live in London.
I work in retail and I’m also involved in the community.
I’m very fortunate to have a loving and supportive family, and that’s something that really helps me when I’m having difficulties.
Which is more important: the future or the future of your children?
I always see myself as a parent, and there’s a certain amount of anxiety that comes from thinking about what the future will be like for my children.
But it also makes me want to give them something to look forward to.
So I want them back at school, back in the big house and they can be happy.