Do you use tailors' tacks or tracing paper? Both?
Looking at my tailors' tacks today, I recalled the first time I saw one.
I had seen her clip threads and throw away stray bits of thread. There were so many bits of white thread on her dark dress pieces. I carefully picked them all out and put them in the trash can for her. Wasn't I a helpful child? ;-)
Between the western and lunar new years, I usually do a bit of decluttering and cleaning. This year, it seems like people have been hit by KonMari fever. I was always a little bit like her, but not quite so extreme.
Where others read a how-to manual for discarding things, I read a coming of age story of a young girl, finding her place in the world. The story of her sneaking into her brother's room to declutter it for him reminds me of my misguided attempt to help my cousin.
The story of her spending recess in the classroom to rearrange the book shelves broke my heart.
What did you get out of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?
While I was walking, sewing and cooking today, I reflected upon my own stuff diet. Things have not worked out quite how I expected. Both my parents downsized and I took home a carload of sentimental stuff.
Somehow, we accreted a second home and filled it.
[I feel at peace about this. Scientists have so few job opportunities in the US today, living apart from spouses who are also scientists is not uncommon. It's not what we would choose, but it is the our reality.]
I also know that this is a temporary living arrangement. When DD graduates from high school (only 16 more months!), we will all live together again. Bad Dad and I have made mental lists of what we will move from LA to Boulder, what we will store, and what we will pitch. On each of my trips to LA, we sort through a different area of the house.
The KonMari method sounds cathartic, but is binging and purging ever environmentally sound? Wouldn't it be better to not have over-consumed in the first place? Supposing one has moderately over-consumed, wouldn't it be better to 'use it up' gradually (stuff diet) instead of throwing it all away (purging)?
Stuff from my parents' and in-laws' homes and our own excess stuff came in handy when furnishing and equipping our Boulder home. I also frequented thrift and consignment stores in Boulder. When we merge households, duplicate but not sentimental stuff will go back to thrift stores.
Meanwhile, I'm dreaming of a time when we will take long foreign family vacations again. When that time comes, these hidden travel pockets will come in handy.
Minimalism or maximalism?
Are you the type to "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" or to make a clean sweep of excess stuff?
Joan Acocella's take in The New Yorker: Let it go