Tip of the Month: Prized Possessions vs. Just Stuff
I've responded to a couple blog posts lately asking you to list your top 10 or top 25 possessions - the things you wouldn't want to live without. Let's exclude the pets for the moment. What else would make that list for you?
I found it interesting to walk around the house and ponder this. Most of the items I selected were art works that I wouldn't be able to replace, and that had a lot of sentimental value, too. The weather was cold, so my new comforter got onto that list. In retrospect, I might also add a few pieces of clothing that make me feel particularly wonderful every time I wear them.
If you try this exercise, notice if your favorite things are placed so you can see them, use them (for practical items) and appreciate them on a regular basis. Do they have places of honor in your household?If your photos are one of your most prized possessions, as they are for many people, are they properly stored and labeled so you'll be able to enjoy them in the years to come?
It's also interesting to note what doesn't make the list! As you walk through the house, look for anything that fits this description: It wouldn't really affect you if you never saw it again. Don Aslett lists that as one of his many categories of junk, and although junk sounds like a harsh word, his point is well taken; these are things you don't need in your life. Don's words have inspired me to give away the collection of vases that I can't use because the cats eat any cut flowers I bring into the house. It really won't affect me to never see them again.
If any of you try this exercise and want to share your lists or your insights, send them along and I'll include them in another newsletter - with your name or anonymously, as you prefer.
First Organizing Quote of the Month
A house is a machine to live in ... From which all superfluous and irritating ornaments should be banished.
-- A.L. Sadler, quoted by Discardia on Twitter
Second Organizing Quote of the Month
Basically we wear a room. We choose colors we feel good in, things that make us happy, textures that feel amazing. Consider the cut of a room, so to speak, the way you would choose a skirt or pants that fit you well. Make sure your sofa is comfortable. Don't tolerate things in your home because there are so many things outside the home that we have to put up with. When you're in your home, make sure it's exactly what you want.
-- Todd Oldham, quoted on Apartment Therapy
Organizing Product of the Month