The CluttereurTuesday, July 26, 2011
|The gorgeous home and wardrobe of Annabel Tollman, via The Coveteur|
Have you ever paid a visit to The Coveteur? For those not in the know, it's a spectacularly glamorous blog that delves into the homes of designers and fashonistas, and decks their halls with the contents of their indecently desirable wardrobes. Every image is positively dripping with gorgeousness. Ropes of pearls and glittering clutches adorn every available surface, Chanel jackets hang alongside original artwork and scarlet-heeled shoes peep from every orifice. The subjects themselves invariably have ridiculously amazing job titles, like "Creative Ambassador-at-large", or "Director of Entertainment for Jimmy Choo". (Where were these jobs at my high school careers fair, hm?)
Now I like an aspirational shoe as much as the next girl, and while there is a definite dark pleasure in lusting after such beauty, such glamour, such balls-out decadence, it does leave me feeling a little... inadequate. So what, you may wonder, has prompted this little departure from my usual reading matter? Well, the Hubster and I are eyeing some potential changes to our current living arrangements in the not-too-distant future, and when even the distant prospect of maybe one day having to pack up all of our belongings made me want to break down and cry, I realised it was time to take a cold, hard look at the contents of our flat.
Let me tell you, it was not a pretty sight.
|The hideous home and wardrobe of me, via |
Wardrobes bulging with clothes I don't wear, bookcases crammed with books we never read, God-knows-what lurking in the shadowy underbelly of our spare room... it's depressing. And, more importantly, it's unsustainable. I cannot keep topping up my wardrobe with yellow skirts and jelly shoes without releasing pressure somewhere else. There's no more room. This thing's about to blow.
And so begins the event that I have solemnly christened as: The Great Decluttering of 2011.
Okay, so it's not super catchy, but you get the idea. Essentially, our aim is to rid ourselves of as much (for want of a better word) crap as we possibly can by the end of the year. Ebay, charity shops, clothing swaps, giveaways, recycling, freecycling - we will need every weapon at our disposal if Light and Space are to triumph over Darkness and Squalor.
So if anyone has any top tips for ridding ourselves of the trappings of modern consumerist society, or maybe just knows a better way to store shoes than piled up on a flipping bookshelf (or, let's be honest, scattered in heaps on the floor), I'd love to know. This weekend, we're tackling The Clothes. Wish us luck...