Monday, June 16, 2008

To Do: Simplify

I suppose it is the side effect of watching The Pianist, John Adams, the Story of Stuff and Darjeeling Limited all within 48 hours combined with the general US economic melancholy and the apartment being cluttered...I want to simplify. I keep thinking of that quote from Say Anything:

I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed.

Those largely empty rooms in John Adams looked so appealing. Just a sofa, a chair, a book and a fire. A nice garden outside. A warm blanket. Cooking with eggs. Wine in a handmade glass. Its all about the quality of a few good items, not the quantity.

We do fairly well already; with only one car and a small apartment. We have too many books and too many clothes. I have too many art supplies (can you have too many art supplies?) and too many vases. Pretty soon we'll have all the wedding presents to contend with too. Although, they'll go solidly in the quality column.

I'm embarking on a de-crapola mission this week. Maybe you want to join me? I'm cooking lunch and dinner from scratch, avoiding buying stuff I don't really want and cleaning out the stuff I already have and don't want.

I'm going to start tonight with the center of it all: the hall closet. This closet is full of linens, cleaning potions, old tablecloths, random tools and wires, parasols, scraps of wrapping paper, etc. Everything I don't throw away will go to the charity thrift store. I'll take before and after photos to share.

8 comments:

Chelsea said...

Thanks! I needed this. I think I will join you.

Sara said...

simple is great, i think having a small apartment is key, in our 600 sq meters there just isnt much space to accumulate stuff.

LuckyAdie8 said...

I'm in! This is perfect timing - I actually started last night by going through my closet.

Gracie73 said...

Emily...I am getting married this summer and I am feeling a strong urge to pujrge as well. I wonder if it's the same urge that Mommies get with regard to nesting before their babies are born. I've had 1 shower and shower #2 is in a few weeks. Boy, are the piles of boxes piling up. In addition to obtaining all of these gorgeous gifts, my FMIL passed on her Mother's Noritake China and vintage wine glasses. We either need a bigger hutch or a bigger house. I really need to have a garage sale/donation week of items I no longer have use for. Sooo overwhelming!! Thanks for inspiring me to really starting to think about taking care of this now that the wedding plans are dwindling down.

love.boxes said...

I agree with everything you've said.. However, John Adams who spent his life trying to aquire and really great library would never agree that you have too many books. :) Mine are part of the decorating sceme.. I'm out of shelf space and so there are tons stacked on the floor. I only keep my favorites!

jora said...

I love this idea! And I know just the closet to tackle first.

Marissa said...

You inspired me to do some of my own spring cleaning. Thank you!

amber said...

I envy you! I'm on board.