Katazukete is Japanese and means tidy up! when you translate it at first. The infinitive of this verb is katazukeru and, when you look into this a bit closer, you find out that this word can have a myriad of meanings, amongst them to tidy up, as already mentioned, to to put in order, to settle (a problem) and even to bring something to an end. Only recently I found out from a Japanese friend that it is also used to describe the verb to declutter, so the act of getting rid of items within your own four walls that are no longer (or never have been) of any particular value and are nowadays merely taking up space. Continue reading “declutter your memories – an archive”
FINALLY, I am in the right frame of mind to start decluttering (and thus writing) again. I did a big tidy-up yesterday to get the house ready for a birthday party and this made me realise again how much happier and relaxed I feel when my home looks in order and things are cleared away.
To kick-off the countdown to 100 items (well, that’s my current goal as it feels achievable), I decided to say goodbye to a pair of craft turtles that I kept as I initially thought those were extremely cute. Continue reading “memory archive — day 78”
I underestimated the lack of time to write over the summer holidays. No recent posts is only one thing though. I’d be lying if I said that I’ve still been continuing with discarding an item a day. I think I can only blame this partly on the humid heat that started in Tokyo this year a good few weeks earlier than usual and that seems to take away all my energy at the moment. I also clearly lost the momentum for the task that I set myself and I’d better figure out how to get back on track. Continue reading “memory archive — day 78”
Summer holidays are upon us and I’ve been struggling to keep up with my ambitious project of discarding and posting every day. I’m not giving up quite yet though as I’m still having high hopes for achieving my clutter-free home eventually.
I have to apologise for, yet again, posting a story about a kids’ toy but I like the little story behind this one too much for not including it here. Continue reading “memory archive — day 77”
A slightly, retouched picture of a shrivelled up Sophora Prostrata. A shrub native to New Zealand and a plant which had recently become one of my favourite, small, decorative plants, due to its delicate branches, growing zigzag. Sadly, it only made it a couple of months in our house. We’d put it in our entranceway or genkan – the traditional, Japanese area of a house where you put off your shoes before entering. It was a beautiful, welcoming sight, I thought, and a great object to keep the shoe cabinet top clutter-free and tidy. Continue reading “memory archive — day 76”
I still remember vividly the big giraffe backpack on my daughter’s back. She must have been around two years old back then. It looked big on her but at the same time she looked so grown-up and confident wearing it; giving me a glimpse of what it will look and feel like when she’d be starting school one day. I can’t believe this event is just around the corner now. Time flies…
There is this thick, wool blanket that we’ve had now for about seven years and which spent the majority of those years folded in a corner. We got it at a furniture shop in Gothenborg, Sweden, one time when I went there for a work trip. I loved the color and the design. It looked great in the shop, however, at home it turned out to be the biggest fluff catcher. When visitors saw this blanket at ours they always thought we have a pet. I’d love to keep the blanket but sometimes a nice design is just not enough if the item isn’t practical. So another one for the memory archive!
I have to admit, lately I haven’t put enough time aside for my blog. I am determined though to keep on going with my project of collating memories through the act of decluttering.
Today’s objects are three kami fusen, Japanese paper balloons. These balloons are a popular, traditional, children’s toy but, as they come in so many colours and variations, are also used as a decorative item. Continue reading “memory archive – day 73”