confused. very confused

Wearing its first coat of paint already....

  I really WAS going to get back on the wagon* this week.
Then, I read "Let's Celebrate the Art of Clutter".
Now I'm confused.  Very confused.
 Consider this quote:

In accumulating, we honor the art of the potter, sitting at a wheel;
we appreciate the art of the writer, sitting at a desk; 
we cherish the art of the painter, standing in front of an easel. 
From "Let's Celebrate the Art of Clutter" 

Pottery, books and paintings definitely occupy a large part of my "clutter".
Who am I to not honor, appreciate and cherish the art that surrounds me?
If the topic of downsizing, decluttering and simplifying interests you,
you may enjoy the read AND join me in my confusion.
I'll be interested to hear what YOU think about Dominique Browning's musings.

*See my prior two posts for enlightenment about the "wagon".


  1. I am in the process of downsizing and it's hard. Before our move, I just sat in the floor with open boxes and cried. I had nothing of great value but glass and vintage goods that will probably be sold by my children and forgotten when I'm gone. However, they say, "Mama don't get rid of anything." Still boxes of childhood, I can't part from. BTW, I love the table.

    1. We have nothing of great value either - just things like simple, floral oil paintings, misc. pieces of handmade pottery, and books. So many of 'em! I've visited your blog and read more about your recent move. BTW, last year, I fell and had emergency hip replacement (followed a few months later by a knee replacement - that one planned), so can identify with what your hubby is going through. Praying both of you succeed in your businesses and that you will find affordable insurance.

  2. My daughter and I both read a decluttering book recently that really worked for us. One of my most cluttered areas was a book shelf with many, many books on organizing and decluttering. The most important tip I learned was don't keep anything that doesn't "spark joy". This is so simple, but honestly it has made all the difference to me and to my daughter. We finally learned how to avoid buying things that are just so-so.

    1. I wonder if I didn't read that, too..... I remember the "spark joy" phrase. I think I have come to the place where I avoid buying things that are just so-so And I'm also learning that it IS clutter that bothers me - clutter meaning items that have no place of their own or those that don't "spark joy". THAT'S where I am concentrating my efforts presently.

  3. I read it and I am confused. But...I do think less is more. We appreciate the lovely simplicity of minimal things because their features are not buried by distraction from many other things. After we fast, we appreciate the sharpness of distinctive tastes. I think decluttering is rough but to think we have passed on to others what we have enjoyed it a better thought. Last fall when I gave so much of my kitchen things to a charity for resale, I just shut my eyes. It felt like surgery, felt like things cut out. But the selection process allowed a few special things to stay as "seed" for the next round. Believe me, I still have plenty. And in that plenty I have stories...memories...etc. I have had only one or two things sneak back in but I know I can't keep that from happening a little bit. I think the secret is moderation on both purge and keep and savor. It is finding the balance that is hard! You can do it!

    1. Agreed! (Moderation) I'm not as confused as I THINK I am. Eliminating clutter is the key for me. I don't count books, pottery and pictures as clutter when they hold a place of honor and there is space for them. Out of place, I consider them clutter.


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