Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The 'Joy' of Tidying

Needlefelted piece by Jenny Stacy.
I just heard about a book called 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying' by Marie Kondo. She advises holding each one of your possessions and asking yourself if it brings you joy. If it doesn't you can get rid of it.

I admire this idea but realistically I could never put it into practice. My generation is too heavily influenced by the 'waste not, want not' school of thought. I admire Marie but I also admire women who made rag rugs out of clothes too worn through to wear any more and who can make a whole week of meals out of one chicken.

I'd like to be more like Marie. As she says when you discard things all that is left is things you really treasure. But I suspect that my boxes of 'treasure' - like the tiny scraps of fabric used to needlefelt and the boxes of pretty pictures and scraps of painted papers I use for collage would not be tolerated in her world!

I'm always drawn to articles in magazines that advise you to 'de-clutter' and change your life. But so often their idea is buy storage furniture or buy lots of plastic boxes and put things in order.

As Marie Kondo says 'this just creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved.' I prefer her method of asking yourself what really brings joy into your life.Then you can decide what to chuck and what to save for that rag rug or mixed media project!!


general manager said...

Wow,..it looks really beautiful,.
"gifts for girlfriend"

Brenda Tilbury said...

Pah! Never throw out beautiful things! xx