It is half-term and the bookshelves are full to over-flowing, so indeed it is time for a tidy up.
We started in my daughter's room, principally because all her books and belongings were spread on the floor rather than in any shelves/baskets/drawers that may be available. It took several hours, in two sessions, but finally we have bottomed the room.
"What's this?" I would say, picking up another piece of tat.
"It's J's" she said, referring to a friend that stayed a few months ago.
"Where did you get this from?" I asked.
"J left it," she replied.
"How come you have a water bottle up here?"
"Whose is this hairbrush?"
"Is that headband...?"
"J's," she replied...repeatedly.
It would appear that her friend left more stuff behind than she took with her. And that her mum hasn't been missing it enough to ask for it back...!