Do you have a relationship with your home – with your possessions and home decor – that gives you joy? I mean a full-on ‘I talk to you’ relationship? Perhaps you should? I remember happily the excitement I had finding the perfect pen holder I described in this blog post.
Recently I’ve been reading Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In it she describes her KonMari method of tidying your home and home decor so you only have to do the normal maintenance cleaning and tidying.
Her advice is first to keep only those things that give you joy. Send anything else on its way, with thanks, to somewhere it will be loved and not neglected. That’s another important part: have a conversation with your home, with your clothes, with your spatula even. Greet your home as you enter it. Thank your shoes for taking care of your feet as you take them off. You can even appreciate your sofa for being comfortable and the joy its design gives you. You’ll find a response in the atmosphere. My sofa, the corn maidens hanging above it and I had quite a fiesta when those fabulous cushions arrived from Lauren. I still feel the pizazz coming off that area of the room. Remember seeing them in this video blog?
To some people this sounds wacky. To me it’s an extension – a refinement – the advanced course – of how I already feel. I’m not acquisitive. Some people get a jolt from from the purchase itself but find the object lives in a drawer, never loved. I’m not like that. Many of my clothes are perhaps on the elderly side: they are old, quality friends and I take good care of them. We greet each other and value each other. At this point, it will not surprise you to hear that I use a mid-nineteen eighties era Miele vacuum cleaner. It’s giving excellent, tireless, and uncomplaining service with barely a problem. It is a touch heavy, but I don’t mention that.
We should surround ourselves with things we love. Marie Kondo argues convincingly that this will have a knock-on effect in our lives. Our environment is key. She asks us to visualize the goal for decluttering/tidying our home or home decor. This should be a concrete goal – not something vague like ‘serene’. You should visualize in-depth how you’d like it to look – describe it, hunt down home decor images that speak to you. In the end, you’ll have a detailed picture you’ve painted in your mind of how you want your home to be.
I think this is true of other visual aspects of your life. I touched on this in the blog post I wrote on how your home’s decor can act as inspiration for graphic design. This approach will help me as we capture your essence in your graphic design. Let’s work together to do exactly that.