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”
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”
Writing previously about my habit of leaving flowers in a vase for sometimes months hasn’t stopped me from doing it again…
I’m having a good decluttering run and keep on finding things that I no longer need. Such as the above swimsuit; fitting to yesterday’s theme: seasons. This swimsuit taught me, once again, a lesson about not buying swimwear online. To find a new one though, I have to wait until the shops remove their rainy season items to make space for mizugi (swimwear).
Summer is upon us, so I thought it was a good time to sell the baby paddling pool that we’ve had in storage for a few years now. The memory of it are my son’s first hospital visit in Japan (when he slipped inside the pool and banged his head on a sharp edge) and realising that our garden isn’t the best place to hang out in a paddling pool as it’s infested by mosquitoes. Besides these, not so glorious, memories, getting rid of the pool made me reflect about seasons in Japan. Continue reading “memory archive — day 70”