Those of us who have been decluttering for a while, know the general principles laid out below:
1)If you haven’t worn it for a year, then it possibly needs to go.
2)Don’t buy clothes you need to lose weight to look good in. Don’t keep clothes there isn’t a realistic chance of fitting into in the next year.
3)If you haven’t touched an unfinished creative project for 2 years, it’s fair to say you probably never will.
I think these are great principles but of course, there are always exceptions to the rule and I’ve just experienced 2 of them, so I shall confess…
Here’s a picture I embroidered 23 years ago and it’s been stuck in a bag ever since waiting to be framed. I’ve dithered over whether to get it done many times, and then back in the attic it has gone.
Don’t these indecisions hang over you eh?
But last month I finally got it done and it now hangs on my mantle piece. And the relief of that decision being done and dusted is immense.
So what was the dithering about? I guess for a long time I had little money to spare for such luxuries as framing. And then some of the time I wasn’t sure how much I liked it and then there was a slight problem with the embroidered mount that wasn’t easy to resolve and put me off trying. And finally, I could never face the decision making process of what sort of frame would look good. All this took up TWENTY THREE YEARS!
And now it is done and I so love it and it is giving me much pleasure every time I walk into the room. It is the only embroidery I have ever done, as like my mother, me and needle work are not natural bedfellows. But I was very poorly at the time I did it and there wasn’t much else I could find to occupy my time that I could actually do. It represents one of the first times in my life I took an irrational fancy to doing something unfamiliar and let myself do it with finding a 100 reasons to not just follow my feeling. That was the start of the road to recovery.
My other experience is that last year I fell in love with a dress in a nearly new shop and bought it even though it was a size too small. Now we know that breaks the cardinal rule don’t we. Buy clothes for now, not some never never time in the future when we think we will lose weight like we’ve been promising ourselves for along time…
Then, very unexpectedly, given various health issues I have had over a number of years, I took up running in the Autumn, following a marvellous beginners program called C25k (couch to 5k) which gets complete couch potatoes running 5K (3.1 miles) in 9 ish weeks. Yesterday I tried on the dress. It fits and really suits me.
I guess that’s why we have the saying ‘exceptions to the rule’. I shall ensure it remains an exception though!
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter a décor item. Anything from curtaining to floral arrangements to cushions or figurines.
Eco Tip for the Day
Stop using fabric softener some experts say that it is a waste of money and not that good for your clothes. Try using white vinegar instead. Not only will it remove chemical residue in your fabrics but will also help control mould and mildew in your washing machine. If you like to add a nice scent to your wash load add a few drops of essential oil.
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