I just reached my hand into the top drawer of my dresser and grabbed what I could hold before I threw it on my desk to take a photograph. These seven lippies are about a fourth of the rest that I left lying in the drawer. Unphotographed.
It’s embarrassing. I can’t imagine that I own this much of one item, true, my favorite cosmetic but still…who needs more than one lipstick?
I came in from a party at a beautiful apartment last night. The owner has it decorated rather simply, and in a quiet moment after dinner gave me a spray of her favorite perfume (Diorissimo). There aren’t trays of bottles adorning her dressing table. There’s one elegant bottle of beautiful French scent. That’s all.
I yearn for such simplicity. The ability to focus and care for a few things instead of an overwhelming collection. Perhaps only Americans think having more is the way to live; I am decidedly, purposefully, turning toward less in 2016.
Less lipstick, less perfume, less books, less accumulation. To me, this will equal less stress. I want to appreciate what I own and use it up before I buy more. After all, even Mary Poppins said, “Enough is as good as a feast.”
So thank you, James, for your Triple Dog Dare Challenge which I gratefully accept. To read from only the stacks of what I already own, while wearing the lipsticks that I already have, seems like a tremendous boon to me as I face the new year.
Tidying means taking each item in your hand, asking yourself whether it sparks joy, and deciding on this basis whether or not to keep it. By repeating this process hundreds and thousands of times, we naturally hone our decision-making skills. People who lack confidence in their judgment lack confidence in themselves. I, too, once lacked confidence. What saved me was tidying. ~Marie Kondo the life-changing magic of tidying up