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) Iâ€™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,Â so it will be easy to let go of them whenÂ I really need to. Though the true â€˜proof of the puddingâ€™ 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.
Hereâ€™s a picture of my sitting room fireplaceÂ mantle piece.
As you can see, I have no aspirations toÂ have the Â ‘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 â€˜arrangingâ€™ I enjoy.
These are in fact a high proportion of most of the â€˜knick knacksâ€™ I own. And the rest of the four walls of the room are covered in bookshelves containing my husbandâ€™s books 😉 This is my little space.
Anyway, the game is, in the eventÂ leaving the house in an emergencyÂ 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 andÂ I really like them. Items range from things from my childhood to things Iâ€™ve been given in more recent years by a variety of people.
For the record, I chose:
- The small pot to the right â€“ itâ€™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 â€“ 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
Donâ€™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 Iâ€™m slow