What might our homes look (and function) like if the criteria upon whether precious space is allocated, to stuff, is always based on 2 simple questions?
Is it useful?
Is it beautiful?
Mine would look, and function, much better. It would be a major improvement.
But are these simple questions?
I’d suggest not. What is beauty? What is usefulness? These descriptions can become ambiguous and unclear, as a home matures and what we own increases. And when you add irrational sentimental attachment into the decision-making process, it can get very confusing as to what is kept and what is decluttered.
But I’d also suggest that answering these questions becomes simpler as the decluttering muscle inside the mind grows.
I’m not quite there yet – these 2 questions still perplex me from time to time.
Regardless, I carry on. Whenever I get disheartened, perplexed, or wonder why after 5 years I am still removing clutter from my home I think of Shrek.
Where is this going I hear you ask…
Shrek: Ogres are like onions.
Donkey: They stink?
Shrek: Yes. No.
Donkey: Oh, they make you cry.
Donkey: Oh, you leave em out in the sun, they get all brown, start sproutin’ little white hairs.
Shrek: NO. Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers.
Donkey: Oh, you both have layers. Oh. You know, not everybody like onions.
Clutter has layers. Just like an onion. Just like Shrek.
I started by removing the top layer. Obvious clutter, rubbish/trash. Each layer removed the closer I got to the core of the clutter.
My core is sentimental clutter.
I’m almost there. Not quite. But almost.
It’s taken 5 years but hey;
“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop’ Confucius (my favourite quote of all time).
Are you there yet? If you are, please do share your top tips on the journey.
And if you aren’t there, and sometimes wonder whether you will be decluttering forever, maybe it’ll help to think of Shrek also? ;)
Easier (and more fun) to draw your own Shrek rather than navigate the complicated issue of copyright on the web!