I was reading a book a few months ago about how to tidy up forever and get rid of stuff you don’t really need. I am the first one to admit that I have a lot of stuff. I am a pack rat. I’m always afraid that the second I give something away, throw it away or donate it I will immediately need it for something.
One of the things I learned from this book was to not keep things just because they are sentimental. Just because someone you love gives you something it doesn’t mean you need to hold on to it forever. Easy to say, hard to do. But, I became determined to do it.
During this time I was creating my “woman cave”/ office. So, I decided I would take the #1 rule of the book quite seriously. That rule is: only keeps things that give you joy or are necessary tools that you actually put to use.
So the next question was; what gives me joy? What things would I surround myself with so that, when I’m in that room, I will feel inspired, happy and joyful? This is particularly important since I’m a writer. I’m a creative person with creative work so I needed to be surrounded by things that inspire that creativity.
I have a collection of antique typewriters that I knew would have to be in the office. I love peacocks, antiques, steam punk, antique cameras, books, the ocean or beach, New York, Paris and the Eiffel Tower, Doctor Who and all things geek related, friendship balls (they’re glass spheres with pretty patterns, and anything Americana style. I love all those things. Of course as most of you who read my blogs or follow me on Facebook know, I also love dogs and although most of my dog stuff is in my bedroom, I’d certainly have a place for my real dogs to be comfy while we all sit in my woman cave, me trying to write, them trying to distract me from writing.
It was so much fun putting the office together. I have a few more items that I need to add, but for the most part, the room is finished. I love it. I spend a lot of time in it now that it’s ready and my computer is in it (on an antique 1950’s kitchen table btw).
Am I surrounded by joy? Yes, I am. Does it help me to be creative? Yes, it actually does.
I have surrounded myself with things that make me happy to look at them or use them. Some people would look at this room and just see a lot of stuff. But, anyone who really knows me well would walk in and say, “Wow! You must love this room!”
What things do you surround yourself with to cheer yourself or inspire you?