Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 - A Year to Keep

I have a plan for 2013.  I won't call it a "resolution" because that's a sure route to failure. 

This coming year, I want to do things "for keeps". 

I was doing my home-filing this morning - one of my most-avoided jobs as it feels too much like work.  In the process, it occurred to me that I was storing my bills / bank statements / receipts out of habit, and that they probably serve no long-term purpose.  I looked around the room and had a think about what I would keep if I was packing my bags tomorrow.  And actually... there isn't much in my home that I would keep "forever".

In terms of furniture, probably only my daughter's dressing table, my son's bookcase, and the kitchen table and chairs.  Jewellery?  My locket and my rings.  Clothing?  The everyday things I wear, mainly self-stitched.  A few photographs.  A few books.  My sewing machine.  My yarn and fabric.  My teapot and cafetiere.  Everything else is disposable.

The criticism that my mother hurls at me from time to time is that I "live like a student", by which she means that I read too much and haven't put down roots.  I haven't nested.  I am perched here, on my northern twig, ready to take flight when the next big storm hits my life.

I haven't got a problem with that.  The accumulation of stuff disturbs me.  But I like to have a small collection of things that matter to me, that I can carry with me when I next move on.  Things that signify home.  So that wherever I end up, I can empty my metaphorical knapsack on the bed and make that place my own.

What I want to do in the coming year is to continue to clear the clutter, to get rid of the excess baggage that serves no purpose in my life.  And at the same time, to collect together meaningful things that I want to keep.

So it's not a year of abstinence and denial.  It's a year of gathering permanence:  sewing good quality clothes that I love, that are "me" and that will stand up to constant wear.  And collecting together the patterns I need to re-create them when they eventually fall apart!  I want to make warm blankets in happy colours:  knitted or crocheted or both.  I want to embroider pillowcases.  Maybe finish my long-languishing quilt.  Make new friends and stay in touch with old ones.  Go places.  Do things.  Write, paint, stitch, be creative.

Happy 2013!

19 comments:

Judith said...

You found that missing acorn! Well done!!!
The New Year is all but a few hours away for me, Happy New Year to you and will definitely catch up via blogging in 2013...J

bloglessanna said...

So well said. I think we could all take a leaf out of your book. Happy New Year.

Marie said...

Beautifully said, I love this post! You're clearly not a materialistic person and making sure you surround yourself only with things that 'matter' is a wonderful idea! And your last paragraph is just lovely!!!

Jane said...

That's a very pertinent point, and so well put! May 2013 be a very happy year for you. xx

daisydonut said...

A very thought provoking post and so well written.

Happy New Year

soSuesew said...

What she said...

Alex said...

So wonderfully said :)

Elise said...

I love your next year plan, simple but perfect :)

Pam said...

The volume of 'stuff' (I'm being polite!) we accumulate is frightening, and unnecessary. I do like your plan to only keep things that matter and to get rid of the other superfluous 'stuff'. Good luck with your quest - I look forward to reading about your progress! All the best for 2013.

Scruffybadger said...

You know I am thinking much the same myself.....I hate clearing things out, and as a result feel under pressure by the "stuff" that I don't need ( eg the bag of bills etc that are waiting to be shredded, but date back years because I can't be bothered). So I feel some de cluttering is needed as well as a new clutter free approach to life going forward. I want to make things that last too, more quali, less quantity. So thanks for your very eloquent expression of something that rings very true to me too....is it an age thing or a birds flown the nest thing?

Sarah Rooftops said...

Wonderful! Happy New Year to you!

dottiedoodle said...

What a lovely, positive, resolution. I look forward to reading about it next year, and happy New Year!

Mary in TN said...

Well said and inspiring. Look forward to reading about your clutter reduction efforts in the next year. Happy 2013!

Gail said...

Roo, I just want to let you know that your posts (this one included) always inspire me.

Wishing you all the best in 2013!

jessica said...

Ah, I find myself in a similar predicament! Being confronted by the sheer volume of one's own stuff, and how far that pulls our environment from the sort of comfy, cozy, inviting and peaceful place in which we would like to live ... I don't know how others manage it! One corner at a time, I suppose, with permission for a messy corner (or closet, hehe) somewhere, I suppose. Sounds like an excellent 'orientation' for 2013! I'm with you on this one! Happy 2013 to you!

Mela R. said...

Wishing you and yours a wonderful new year!

rosyragpatch said...

Very well said; I hope your plan goes very well in 2013.

Sandy said...

I moved so much in 2012 that a lot of decluttering happened, but since I have ´spaces to camp out´in two countries, amazingly enough, it´s like leaving two rabbits in a closet, things just multiply! But I am being vigilant because ´things´do hold you down... I like your philosphy, Roo!

acharmofmagpies said...

So beautifully written. You have a lovely philosophy, a thoughtful mind, and a knack with words. Thank you!