Monday, February 2, 2015

the least I could do




I have stood The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying on end.  It is the least I could do.

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    1. Everyone, meet Tom. He was once featured in Interiors magazine.

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  2. This afternoon I read an article on the thirty minute house tidy. I have been at the kitchen table ever since with constant hot tea and vacuous expression.

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    1. I feel for you, Mags. It takes a good few days to get over a shock like that.

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  3. A well respected topic, garnering its due.

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  4. Suddenly I hear the name Kondo everywhere. What have I missed??? And how is it possible for there to be a whole book on tidying? I'm feeling that I may need to buy it just to find out. Also I'm slightly worried I'm doing it wrong. I just put things away, I don't think my technique would fill a whole book. Suddenly feeling anxious. CJ xx

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    1. Oh no, CJ, you mustn't put things away; you must THROW them away. Especially the paperwork. And a good, kind person such as yourself must not be anxious: Marie Kondo's technique doesn't fill a whole book either but she overcomes that through strength of will.

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  5. You now need to add Stuffocation: Living More With Less by James Wallman. Although you will be adding to the clutter, it will keep Marie company. I think that she might need a friend. XXXX

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    1. Thank you, dear Jacqueline; you are more in touch with the zeitgeist than I am. I'll skim through a couple of reviews of this fine book now and shall be speaking knowledgeably of it by tomorrow. Bless you for enhancing my standing in the parish.

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  6. Love in a cold climate sounds more fun. Well, perhaps without the cold climate.

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    1. Love amid the global warming, I suppose, nowadays. So much to fret about.

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  7. I applaud your colour coordination, but dark to light please. Dark to light.
    Also I went the extra mile and folded the pages.

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    1. How utterly remiss of me, Lucille. I am glad a Kondo doyenne is here to keep an eye on standards.

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  8. Your bookshelf puts mine to shame.

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    1. Just out of shot, Elaine, is the full set of The People's Friend magazines since 1869, unordered. Our books are for show only but we certainly love to read the magazine.

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  9. Can you imagine, Mise, that the Japanese editors asked for my book (same topic) to see whether it might be translated - some time before the Japanese bestseller then came out?
    Having lamented about that ("It's not fair!") to reassuring myself ("Life isn't fair!") I laughed (less wrinkles from that, or nicer ones than from fury..) - as I do about your hilarious grouping of those book titles - "Something to Hide" (I bet), "Atonement" (I never excuse myself for disorder, never) - "Wash"ington, ( don't forget Victoria "Iron"side, ah, and 'Love in a Cold climate" - not fond return of love for household chores :-)

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    1. Sorry: it's Virginia Ironside (the agony-aunt and author of very funny books on old-age - or Elizabeth Ironside - that is Lady Catherine Manning, wife of the British Ambassador to the U.S. - writing fine crime novels as "Death in the Garden".

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    2. What rotten luck, Britta! Please tell your publisher that you are being bombarded with requests from Ireland for a new, translated, edition. The topic is dear to my heart and once I have your book I shall be casting Kondo dismissively aside.

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  10. But you will crick your neck trying to read those titles!

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    1. My copies of The People's Friend are horizontal, dear kind Toffeeapple.

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  11. I gave away all my possessions two years ago. Now all I have is champagne and four cats. Sometimes I pine for stuff not there any more but mostly not.

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    1. How will you hold any giveaways on your blog, Rachel, if you have no possessions?

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    2. I give only myself on my blog Mise, and sometimes that is far too much and I cannot handle it fir a while and then I vow never to give so much away again.

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  12. My idea of tidying, and I will also occasionally grab a couple of my artful accessorizes and hide them in the armoire for a bit!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. Your armoire is truly blessed, Karena.

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  13. Darling Mise,

    Well, we are all for life change or is that change of life......we tend to be muddled these days.

    It strikes us as odd that one would spend time and trouble writing a book about tidying. Surely, Ms Kondo ( for, surely she would be Ms) would be the kind of girl, as Nike would have us all believe, who would 'Just Do It!' Or, perhaps, she can tidy with one hand whilst writing her book with the other.....now, that would not surprise us.

    Whatever, we feel that we are rather taking against Ms Kondo. Perhaps, subliminally, we know that she would not approve of our cluttered lives,our over cushioned sofas, our over pictured walls, our toppling stacks of books and our over stuffed drawers........no, Ms Kondo, there is not a clear surface to be seen in this house.

    Darling Mise......can we still be friends?

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    1. I was all set to take against her myself, dear Jane and Lance, but she is so delightfully determined and dippy that one warms to her.

      But I would set her aside in a trice if she were to drive a wedge between us: your objets and curios are the stuff of life and must not be wrest from you on the basis of a global whim.

      May I make amends by not standing 'Dream Gardens: 100 Inspirational Gardens' on end?

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  14. And my own 20-vol. annotated oeuf is just out of shot, I assume?

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    1. In fact, none of your volumes is there, dear Ada. People so frequently ask to borrow them.

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  15. I've not read the book, not the comments, but for what it's worth, hold fire on throwing things away. Make sure that they are not things you feel you should throw away but don't really want to. What would historians make of all our throwing away, letters, receipts, cards? There will be little for them in the future. Think on. Throw away real rubbish but don't let some self-styled, self-help guru dictate to you what you should and should not keep.
    Margaret P

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    1. Thank you for your timely words of caution, Margaret. I am sitting here looking nostalgically at my membership badge for the Desperate Dan Pie-Eater's Club (1978).

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  16. Brilliant! You made me laugh out loud xx

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  17. Oh, poor Desperate Dan, he'd be so upset to know you were about to discard his cow-pie badge! Seriously, these things come in waves, in fashions, just as a few years ago we were being instructed in everything minimalist, and now it's everything vintage. Just bear in mind, once it's gone, it's gone.
    Margaret P

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  18. Mise, I shall be returning a very thick book to the library today, freeing up a bit of space for the two books I shall be bringing back. Keeping up with my new year's intentions, I've also made chicken soup from scratch for the first time this century.

    I might have been under the influence of last night's full moon. xo

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  19. Ah Mise, how your posts always delight me. I have nothing interesting to say on the subject I'm afraid, so often the way. But I've enjoyed being here very much, post and comments both most entertaining and how good it was to meet Tom.

    S x

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  20. Upright , the book takes up less room . Surely a step in the right direction ?

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  21. ooh and I thought it was going to be about everything being grey

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  22. PS I should have added, as incentive for you to approve my shades of greys comment, that I smile wryly at your blog posts and hugely enjoy the witty banter that ensues. Liz

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  23. I bought my copy as an ebook, completely overlooking the impossibility of appropriate shelf placement ... I have so much to learn from you dear Mise.

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You're looking particularly well.

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