Loose Women panellist Penny Lancaster joined host Ruth Langsford and co-stars Jane Moore and Judi Love on Monday’s show. The panel was discussing the problems families face when the idea of downsizing arises when Penny admitted she and husband Rod Stewart have differing opinions on the matter.
Ruth began: “I’m not very sentimental and I think a lot of that came from being an army family.
“You had 12 packing cases and that was it – everything you didn’t use was gone.
“Whereas Eamonn [Holmes] is very sentimental and he holds on to everything and moving would be quite hard.”
“Rod’s really good at moving on and decluttering,” Penny revealed. “But I’m not I hold onto a lot of stuff.”
“As we’ve moved houses throughout the years, like from our previous house to where we are now we took the bed that Renée had into a room in this house so she has that familiar place,” she continued.
“We try to do that with all the children, they’re still included and feel like it’s a home.”
“Is that because a lot of children, well adults, when your parents say, ‘We’re moving from your childhood home’ people have this really strong reaction?” Ruth remarked.
Jane interjected: “They can have a reaction if they’re paying the bills.”
Ruth asked Penny: “Did you take her stuff because you thought she needs to know that’s her home?”
“There’s an element of each of the children, we always want them to feel welcome wherever we are in the world,” she replied.
“They’ve got their own homes but they still love to come home and I think it’s because Rod was away a lot of the time in their childhoods growing up.
“They really hold onto those moments of being together as a family.”
“I think it was Ruby even suggested that the house we sold five years ago if she could save enough money she wanted to buy it because of the fond memories it has.”
Ruth commented: “I can see that. We all remember our childhood home.”
Rod is the proud father of eight children, Sarah, Kimberly, Sean, Ruby, Renée, Liam, Alastair and Aide.
He shares his two youngest sons with model Penny.
Meanwhile, Jane shared her wish to downsize once her youngest daughter leaves home.
She said: “It’s a working progress in my house because I’ve been going on about this for about five years and Gary’s not quite there yet.”
“I think he would happily stay in the house forever,” the Loose Women panellist continued.
“We had three kids rattling around the house at one point, two of them have now moved out and bought their own places. Grace is hopefully about to go off to university next year.
“A family home is like running a small company there’s always something going wrong, you get one thing sorted and something else needs doing.
“I have this dream of living in a low maintenance one level flat that is my mission to get Gary to agree to that.”
Loose Women airs on ITV on weekdays at 12.30pm.