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To make an omelette you must first break eggs. Chairman Mao once said in order to see something beautiful, you must first go through pain (or something along those lines). And I’m sure there’s something in the Dao of Pooh. But there is always a moment – when you have taken out the contents of all but one shelf, thrown out all that needs to be thrown out and realised that if only you had two more of those containers with green lids then all that is wronged would be righted – when you look at everything and wonder what made me think that cleaning out this cupboard was a good idea?

And why do I have eight different types of sugar in ten different packets?