Growing up I remember being told that sailors of old often had gold fillings in their teeth so they ‘would always have the price of a Christian burial on them’. The notion stuck with me and when I started to travel extensively for work I put the idea into practice.

Not needing gold fillings I had a pair of gold collar stiffeners made for my shirts – no one saw them but I knew they were there and, odd as it may seem, they did offer a modicum of comfort. Withe a big birthday looming I have been reminiscing a little and in an idle moment I worked out that those collar stiffeners have travelled nearly two million miles with me – they are definitely ‘old friends’!

This story is helpful when thinking to de-cluttering your life. Make sure to keep your ‘old friends’ close to you – not for their intrinsic value, but for everything they stand for and the happy memories they bring. Everything else is either functional or it goes!

Written by John Small

John’s business career started in the technology sector working with ICL and Fujitsu before moving to International Finance where organisational change and development has been a constant theme.