Three questions to ask yourself when in the act of de-cluttering from My Simpler Life.
1. Does it lift my energy when I think about it or look at it?
2. Do I absolutely love it?
3. Is it genuinely useful and do I use it?
These are difficult questions for collectors and crafters.
Larry is a book collector; I collect antique linen and lace and quilts.
And I am a renaissance woman: I enjoy working in fabric and fiber; quilting and sewing; small 4x6 fabric art and art journals; altered books; knitting; doll-making. So over the years I have amassed a formidable stash of materials, supplies, tools, and equipment.
The de-cluttering of my studio/playroom made me look objectively at my stash. If each object did not pass muster (lift my energy, absolutely love it, am using it), I let it go to someone who would love and use it.
The art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
The studio is now more efficiently organized but if I were being totally truthful, I'd have to say that this effort was really just the first pass.
There is more work to be done and more letting go to experience.