I find myself frequently playing a game with my stuff,: would I take this with me if I was moving house?
If the answer is no, my things are then divided into two groups
1) Get rid of it
2) I’m happy to hang on to this for now (e.g. craft supplies than are all neatly stored that I may use in a few years).With these things I decide to keep, the game is, I think, helping me to detach myself more and more from many of my belongings, so it will be easy to let go of them when I really need to. Though the true ‘proof of the pudding’ will of course be is I ever move. In fact the increasing detachment will enable me to get rid of them sooner than that I suspect.
A variant of this game helps me get even closer to what truly matters to me and why.
Here’s a picture of my sitting room fireplace mantle piece.
As you can see, I have no aspirations to have the ‘minimalist look’. If I had no other belongings in the room and five empty shelves, I would still choose to have all my things crowded together on one small shelf because that is a style of ‘arranging’ I enjoy.
These are in fact a high proportion of most of the ‘knick knacks’ I own. And the rest of the four walls of the room are covered in bookshelves containing my husband’s books 😉 This is my little space.
Anyway, the game is, in the event leaving the house in an emergency and there was only time to grab 2 pieces in my two hands, which 2 pieces would I save and why?
Everything there has some sentimental memory attached and I really like them. Items range from things from my childhood to things I’ve been given in more recent years by a variety of people.
For the record, I chose:
- The small pot to the right – it’s an old mustard jar my mum made a bedside light from when I was a little girl.
- The painted wine glass in the left with the dried hedgerow posy from our wedding in it.
- And then I cheated and grabbed the cow money box because I just love its sculptural shape 😀
Go play the game yourself and see what you come up with – you can choose any shelf in your home you like. Does it lead to you letting go of anything?
Today’s Mini Mission
Do a use it up challenge on some leftover ingredients in your fridge or pantry. Preferably items that have lingered there for a while.
Eco Tip for the Day
Don’t leave the TV on during the day just for company. You may laugh but I have know plenty of cases of people doing this.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow