Yesterday I spent most of the cold January day indoors working upstairs in the combination office/craft/sewing room.
Like so many other people I am trying to organize my home this month. The hot trend right now is the Japanese method of tidying up. The KonMari method believes that you should hold each item in your hands and if it does not “Spark Joy” then you should get rid of it. If the author, Marie Kondo, ever came into this space to assist me in organizing she might run screaming out of the house.
Here is how the scenario would play out:
Kondo would ask, “Does this antique lace spark joy?”
To which I would reply, with complete joy, clutching the lace to my heart, “YES! Yes, it does.”
Again and again, she would ask me this about the vintage valentines, glitter, doilies and every single other item that is stored in over flowing bins, drawers and closets and I would not be able to DISCARD one thing.
…yesterday I started making piles of random bits of bliss.
Stacks of vintage doilies, antique valentines, satin roses and many other lovely things were all tied up in pretty ribbons and lace.
I then slid each of the dozen stacks I had made into a cellophane bag with a note that said:
“I have handpicked every single one of these items from my collection of treasures. Each little thing feels a bit like my heart. I am now sending my heart, onto you, with love.
I would like you to make a Valentine or two, or three, with these things. The catch is, you cannot send the Valentine to me. You must send the love on to someone new.
Share the love, Laura”
It’s never easy to discard anything you love. But it sure can “spark joy” to share the love.
Happy Sunday dear friends,
“Do everything in love.” ~ 1 Corinthians 16:14