and on unclutterer: The challenge of letting go of books.
”The books you choose to have in your life can indeed be very meaningful to you. They may very well be an extension of who you are, of who you aspire to be. You can honor them by being selective about the ones you purchase and by keeping your collection in order. Then you wouldn’t have to choose between enjoying them and having a uncluttered space.”
Above from photographer Gabriele Galimberti ’s series “Toy Stories.”
And book: Minimalist Parenting:
”We’re in the midst of a parenting climate that feeds on more. More expert advice, more gear, more fear about competition and safety, and more choices to make about education, nutrition, even entertainment. The result? Overwhelmed, confused parents and overscheduled, overparented kids.
In MINIMALIST PARENTING, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest offer a fresh approach to navigating all of this conflicting background “noise.” They show how to tune into your family’s unique values and priorities and confidently identify the activities, stuff, information, and people that truly merit space in your life.”
seen on pinterest (Emmas Designblogg via Inge Bruinekreeft)
And on AT: Questions to ask when decluttering:
• Have I used this item in the last year?
• Is it broken, and if so, is it worth fixing? And will I actually do so?
• Do I have a particular use for this in the near future?
• Would it be difficult or expensive to get another one?
• Does it make my life easier?
• Do I need it (either for function or, with paperwork, for legal purposes)?
• Would I rather have this item or the space that it occupies in my home?
• If I move, would it be worth packing up, carrying around, and unpacking in a new space?
• Would someone else I know enjoy it more than I do?
• How many other items do I have that serve the same purpose?
and via unclutterer, an NPR story about Lisa Perry selling all of her things. She says:
“… it’s not about getting rid of things that I don’t want or I don’t like or [that] remind me of bad things. It’s really about who do I want to be and what makes me happy, and keeping the things with me that will allow me to do that. And, right now, it’s moving forward and looking forward, rather than looking back at what I’ve done … where do I want to go and what do I want to be.”
Ich schloss meine Augen um zu sehen (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders) by Michiel Ceulers seen on erasing.tumblr.com
also, from NYT: A Hoarder’s Daughter Yields to a Little Mess:
“Look what I bought at the Chelsea Crafts Fair,” Jon said as he excitedly displayed an elephant made of recycled sweaters, a turtle in a Pac-Man sweatshirt, and a Japanese sock puppet — with a mini iPod.
“How can you do this?” I cried. “It’s taken me years to accumulate all this nothing!”
and the blog/mission Unstash:
”…dedicated to exploring how we can create a more humane future through simple acts of sharing.”
Read “The Nothing Cure” at Whole Living.