Accountability and the Life Changing Art of Tidying Up. Also, capsule wardrobes.

My favorite book of all time is probably V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. (The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy doesn’t count because it was originally a radio show, and technically the books were a spin off…) There’s a line in the book that’s been floating around in my head for a while now, where Evey says to V something along the lines of “I just wanted to get rid of anything that wasn’t necessary. Do you ever feel like that?” V’s response is simply “All the time”, but then he goes off on a murdering spree…so maybe not the best role model.

All this to say, I do feel like I own a lot of things that aren’t absolutely necessary. I picked up a book called ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying’ by Marie Kondo, and the methods noted really resonate with me. Kondo talks about the emotional bond we have with our stuff, and how sometimes we keep things long after they’ve served their purpose. For example, we may have kept a pair of jeans that are too small for six years in the mistaken belief that they’ll fit us one day. The purpose these jeans have served is to teach us that we don’t have the time/effort to slim down, and maybe we should live in the now and buy bigger jeans? Read the book. It’s a fiver on Kindle. You may agree, you may want to throw something. For me, it makes sense.

Mr E and I have some time off work coming up, with Milo at nursery, so I’ll be Tidying (capital T) and he’ll he tiling (lower case t), and finishing off some niggling DIY jobs. The reason I’ve committed these facts to the national record that is the Internet, is to introduce accountability into the equation. See.I have to do it now, because I said I was going to. I’m curious to see exactly what I end up keeping, and what truly sparks joy in my soul. I’m most looking forward to my wardrobe, which I’ve combined with a personal challenge; following much research I’m going to take the plunge into Capsule Wardrobe Land. My aim is a true 37 versatile piece capsule, with edits each season. We’ll see how that goes, but expect to see the odd post about that little foolish endeavour soon…

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