Years back, I briefly worked for a fashion designer whose clothes are beautiful, delicate works of art (seriously they’re amazing). She made note of how I handled her clothing so gently, and how so many people were rough, even damaging pieces when they tried them on. We spoke about the common lack of connection and therefore lack of respect that people have towards things, whether it’s theirs or not.
Considering there’s a disposable option for everything these days including clothes, it’s no wonder people have no connection with their things. There’s no sense of ownership; no understanding that the things you take into your life are extensions of you and the life you want to live. And if that basic idea is lacking, there won’t be this feeling that you have a duty to take care of your things.
I often hear people say that after a long week of work, they don’t want to spend a Saturday ‘organizing’ or cleaning their space. I get people are busy but putting a little (focused) time and energy into arranging your home can alleviate some of the everyday stresses in your life; make it easier to get dressed in the morning, make a nice meal at the end of the day, to always know where your keys are…
How connected are you to your things?