Spark Joy

I’ve been inspired by a book “Spark Joy” a guide to the art of Japanese tidying”. It was bought as a joke for our daughter but I was the one reading it hungrily during the holidays before she left again for Uni. Ironically she didn’t take it.

In essence everything from one category such as clothing is gathered in one space. Each item held in turn, you ask “Does this bring me joy?” If the answer is yes it will be folded, maybe rolled and tidied away. If no, then gratitude is shown for its use and then let go, given away after being packed away respectfully. The storage is then organised in such a way that it is easy to access, with just the right amount and looks beautiful. The emphasis is upon caring for those things that continue to serve a purpose. Joy comes with every use of the storage and the objects.

I have pared down the contents of my studio. It’s true that it is a pleasure to use. Things organised by type in simple boxes, manageable sizes to handle, big enough to house what’s necessary.

During the process I found lots of art magazines, that I haven’t picked up to read again since buying them…until last week. I have found some gems of inspiration and kept those in one small book. I’m distilling my life a cupboard at a time.

What a gift. And what better way to celebrate than to get messy with some collage.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow”

Melody Beattie


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