Less Is More

Monday, 23 February 2015




90p a bunch from the farmshop. I bought them on Thursday but by Saturday evening they were going brown and crispy. They were surprisingly noisy. All Thursday afternoon as they opened their papery buds they made sudden and loud cracking noises.

It seems like every blogger I read is Kondoing. I haven't read the book but I am also Kondoing albeit accidentally. I've long been a disciple of the less is more creed. I abhor the idea of being burdened with stuff - useless stuff, unnecessary stuff, ugly stuff, forgotten-about stuff. I find purging my house of the unnecessary immensely satisfying and therapeutic.

 I am pleased to say that Katie, formerly known as The Child Least Likely to Get Rid of Useless Old Junk, has become a convert. She voluntarily turned out five binliners full of stuff for recycling/donating/landfill and felt very much better for it.

Yesterday I tackled the books in our front room and reduced two Billy bookcases of books to one Billy bookcase of books. Charlie joined in with enthusiasm which was wonderful as I was fed up of dusting his unread books. We have also whittled our dvd and cd collections down and chucked out the old video tapes which have now become obsolete.

As for clothes, well, there is little I can do to simplify my wardrobe. I read an article about reducing one's wardrobe to 33 pieces (not including underwear) and full of enthusiasm set to only to find I had 21 pieces. I have 4 pairs of shoes, 5 if we include my flip flops. I have one handbag.

Even my yarn stash is paltry -a couple of skeins of sock yarn is about it.

There were four photos of daffodils but I decided less was more.


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In other news I fixed my washing machine all by myself for free. The filter needed cleaning. Now it works perfectly.


30 comments:

  1. Everything I have ever thrown out I have later found an urgent need for, so no I am not a fan. I much prefer cluttering to minimalism but I don't have much clutter because I am not a big buyer of stuff anyway. However, there is nothing less interesting to me than a home with nothing in it, give me a cosy home with stuff in it any time. Minimalism makes me hurt. Empty desk, empty mind. As it happens the only things I keep on purpose are books and stuff belonging to my daughter as I know that later on when I grew up, the stuff I kept meant a lot to me. I don't find throwing things away cleansing, wholesome or any of those life changing things it is supposed to be. It has no psychological effect upon me. It's just stuff. Also I hate these trends whereby we all play follow the leader instead of just being individuals living our own lives, choosing for ourselves what our living quarters need to be like. I will not be playing at throwing away my stuff. I have little enough of it and sorry I can't stand this type of book and wonder why people buy into the hype by buying a book and get dictated to, it just makes someone else rich enough to buy lots of stuff. Why follow another persons rules for living? Why do we think they have more answers than we do ourselves? This enforced 'uncluttering' has been shown to have negative effects on people for whom it goes against the grain. Sorry I'm not with you on this one.

    Unfortunately I am providing a link to The Daily Fail rather than a proper paper but I'm just glad to find someone who feels the same way http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-1342746/Say-yes-excess-Why-decluttering-bad-you.html

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    1. Bad for some of us, but good for others. What can I say? It works for me. I'm with you on following the latest fad though -I just happen to be accidentally on trend. I loathe self-help books too, they have clutter written all over them. Interesting what you say about keeping your daughter's things, I absolutely hated my mum hanging onto things I'd finished with.

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    2. Yeah! I agree! No de-cluttering for me - I LIKE my stuff!

      Penny
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    3. Me too! I lived out of a backpack for 2 years and then got rid of almost everything
      I owned to move to another country so I've had enough minimalism to last me
      a lifetime!

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  2. Hey Sue,
    I often fix my washing machine. It is nearly always the filter, and occasionally a stuck bra wire. Bizarrely I never notice that it's been missing from my bra. As for de-cluttering.....I really need to. I am drowning here.
    Have a good week,
    Leanne xx

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  3. Can I just add that a welcome side effect of the book shelf clearance was the amount of money I earned by trading it all in. I knew that most of the technical books would be a burden to charity shops and couldn't just bin them, so this was a happy outcome.

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  4. I have one daffodil left 4 weeks on from a bunch I bought at our local farm shop - maybe because I put them on the table in the unheated conservatory where I can see them through the patio doors. Good value for just over a pound! I must agree with the first comment in that I wonder why we all follow like sheep the current trend or book. But I am a fan of less is more and I do declutter regularly without the need of a book to tell me how to do it. Surely there is nothing to it - you either want the stuff or you don't and purchasing the book witll simply add another thing to the pile of stuff?! Well done re the washing machine too!

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    1. I agree with you and Faye about following a trend, like you I declutter regularly, it's a bit strange to find that something I've been doing forever is on trend.

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    2. I always follow Lucille and do whatever she does 100 per cent. Surely there is a dispensation for being a sheep in that regard?

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    3. Well naturally.

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    4. If there was an emoticon for a graciously modest but nevertheless slightly regal incline of the head in your directions, I'd put one up.

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  5. I love de-cluttering, and had a laugh at the weekend that I was "on-trend" just after we had changed some rooms around and got rid of lots of stuff which is no longer needed. It felt really good. I often tell people I'd love a skip for my birthday - oh the joy of being able to fill if with "stuff" that has collected around the house, without numerous trips to the tip, or charity shops. :) x

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  6. And I just counted my handbags: 12 of them. One for everyday and eleven for channeling my acquisitive tendencies away from things that are more expensive than handbags. No fascinators, though; no fascinators at all. I have my pride.

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  7. I'm NOT kondoing, have no idea what it is anyway as I haven't bothered to look as I'm quite able to sort out stuff without a book/website to tell me what to do! :-)

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  8. I have not read the book, but I love decluttering. I don't get to do much of it, though, because I don't have that much stuff to begin with. It just makes me so much happier and freer not to be burdened with too much stuff. Re. the first letter: I don't have any objection to cosy. But so often the word cosy is used to excuse things that are never used, and that could be given away to someone who has a genuine use for them.

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  9. i bought the book....being a HUGE fan of 'simplifying' my life, and haven't found it as stimulating as many others I've read in the past. Actually, I think it's pretty fluffy. I think my all time favorite was a little bitty thing called simply organized (copyright 1986)by Connie Cox and Cris Evatt; and then, of course, The circle of Simplicity by Cecile Andrews is a classic.....along with Duane Elgin. (The last two more lifestyle simplification rather than de-clutter simplification!!!) It's a little scary that I'm trendy.

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  10. Sue, you are obviously a natural when it comes to decluttering. Me, I like a book to motivate me, especially one that's funny/clever/intruiging or insightful. It's just more fun sharing, and thank goodness we're all different! We wouldn't bother reading each others' blogs if we were all of the same opinion :)

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  11. PS gorgeous daffs!

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  12. I gave in and bought the book. Some good ideas and her enthusiasm is infectious, however, some of her organizing methods are just too anal for me (rolling socks together as opposed to balling them-"they're not happy that way"). I probably wear about 21 pieces in my wardrobe, of the 21,000 pieces I likely own. Not proud to admit this. Hoping to be Kondo-ized in the near future.

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  13. I'm curious about this book - I shall have to try it! I do wish I could be a 'less is more' kind of person - I'm afraid I'm quite the opposite! However, I'm starting to feel the urge to spring clean and give the house a good purge! xxx

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  14. I do so love decluttering, it's so satisfying to get rid of unused stuff, I always feel quite energised afterwards. Still lots to do though, although I need to make sure I don't throw too many of the children's toys away, before they've finished with them! Well done on your minimal wardrobe, I'm very impressed and I'm taking notes. CJ xx

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  15. I love Marie Kondo's book and I'm a bit annoyed it wasn't available 5 years ago when I first got the decluttering bug. It would have saved me a lot of faffing.

    My wardrobe currently consists of less than 15 items, excluding intimates; and I am in desperate need of a shopping spree to bump it up by another five items. Still, at least what I do have is all beautifully folded and stored as per the Konmari method.

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  16. So funny how feathers get ruffled by these sorts of books. Dont waste money on the book; get it from the library - it is not a reference book just one with a couple of really good ideas in it. I thought that there was nothing I could learn about organizing but her folding system is really, really good - my drawers have been tidy for a whole month now.
    Clutter is never good and hoarding is a psyc problem; a modest modicum of order and a tidy clean environment can t be beat. I can truly say that fifty years of decluttering has never triggered any regrets for me but other folk might be different.

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  17. I'm enjoying reading the book but I don't think the philosophy can easily be applied to a house full of chikdren plus a hoarder husband!

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  18. Good for you, although I would find it terrifying. I dipped into the Kondo book and found its central message really off putting - as you say, good for some, but personally, I find it much more satisfying (if challenging and sadly, always temporary!) to make my home clean and tidy, with a homely, calm feel. I also suspect that one needs the whole household to be in agreement with the discipline of Kondo, or major domestic disagreements are bound to follow!

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  19. I had to giggle re. your wardrobe ... someone tried to rope me into to one of those 'wear the same four tops and two bottoms all month' type challenges and I had to say, that's not a challenge, I do that anyway.

    Lovely daffs :)

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  20. Never heard of Kondo - must look it up. I do enjoy a good clear-out though, especially in spring (and September, for some reason).
    My brother is a hoarder. He's 10 years my senior, has hoarded since his early twenties and it's a serious problem. As in, he can just about get through his front door. The house is slowly falling down due to lack of maintenance (you can't see the walls, never mind fix them). Maybe that's what keeps me in check.
    Having said that, I do like to have 'things' about me.
    Your wardrobe sounds incredibly sensible - bet there's no agonising over what to choose each day.
    Oh, and I like the idea of noisy daffodils.
    S

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  21. Wow! You are the cleaning-up queen! Books are always so hard to let go of! I always think - "I'll read that again some time!" But do we ever? Hmm.... Gorgeous daffodils. I think I may need to go out and purchase some tonight after work. We need a jolt of spring here in wint'ry Toronto!!

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  22. lovely photos, and fabulous news on the washing machine! I do so love decluttering, always feels like such a positive thing to do :)

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