Stacey Solomon makes huge decluttering U-turn after mum's heartbreaking story

by 24britishtvApril 3, 2024, midnight 19
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The Sort Your Life Out star changed her mind about throwing away one particularly haggard toy after hearing mum-of-two Shirley's story. In the latest episode of the BBC show, Stacey and the team helped Martin and Shirley declutter their family home after their two adopted daughters had moved out.

Shirley explained that she found it difficult to throw her two daughters' things away because there was a time she thought they'd never have children. After emptying the contents of their home into the warehouse, the family discovered they had accumulated 306 soft toys, 124 towels, 106 spanners and 189 out of date food items.

Stacey spotted a one-eyed doll and asked Shirley if it was time to say goodbye, resulting in the mum-of-two breaking down in tears. "When I was a child I used to hold her like a real baby and say to her things I never got told by my mother," Shirley shared.

"Which was 'I will always look after you for the rest of my life,' and that's why she's with me." As Shirley broke down in tears, she said: "I'm such an emotional wreck," before Stacey added: "I'm sorry, it's the process, I feel partly responsible."

Shirley said goodbye to the doll but at the last minute Stacey decided it was too precious to end up in landfill. "I cannot stop thinking about that doll, I can't leave creepy here, I feel terrible we've convinced her to let it go," Stacey admitted.

"It's a huge part of her life and probably a huge reason she is who she is, and ended up being such an amazing family woman and incredible mother." As Stacey showed off the decluttered house, she teased: "I'm not sure how you're going to feel about it but it was keeping me up at night, I'm not joking."

Shirley broke down in tears yet again as Stacey revealed her doll, which had been given a makeover with two eyes. Sort Your Life Out viewers were left in tears as one wrote: "Well they had to keep the doll!"

Another shared: "Why does Sort Your Life Out make me cry every time?" While a third added: "Is anyone else crying or is it just me?" Elsewhere in the episode, Sort Your Life Out star Dilly Carter admitted that at one point she felt she had "no one" as she opened up on being adopted and her womb cancer diagnosis.

Dilly opened up on her own adoption story as she chatted to the couple's adopted daughters Katherine and Sarah. Speaking about having children of her own, Sarah explained: “I feel it's definitely healed a part of me. I think I've always wanted kids since I was a teenager. I've always wanted that.

"Not that we had any void with Mum and Dad, but I think meeting you and talking about this is the most open my Mum, in particular, has ever been, because I think as kids, it was always, 'No, don't tell anyone.’' You would feel like, 'Oh, it's a secret. I can't tell anyone.'

"I think she was scared that people wouldn't see us as hers, and that ingrained a shame, even though it shouldn't. It wasn't intentional – and that carried on through life until this process.” Holding back tears, Dilly said: "I can't have any more children, so now I'm hopefully going to go full circle and adopt myself."

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