It’s not long now until we up sticks from our familiar “Friend” home to a snazzy new office space in the middle of Dundee. It’s quite exciting, though there are things we’ll miss. There’ll be no more spectacular views over the Tay and the Sidlaws from our windows.
No more agonising over the oystercatchers nesting on our roof – will this be the year they manage to raise a brood of chicks? And no longer will we have loads of storage space!
Now, over the course of a publishing a magazine that’s been around for almost 150 years, you can collect a lot of junk. That’s what we’re finding as we sift through everything. Some things go to our dedicated Archives team for preservation; the rest for disposal. We’ve come across lots of fascinating stuff, including gifts given away with the magazine from the 1960s and 70s. I even discovered where that orange mixing spoon in my mum’s kitchen drawer came from!
The clearing impulse has spread and I’ve been taking a fresh look at my home surroundings. William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”. Good advice. I’m also a fan of Marie Kondo and her “KonMari” method, in her book “The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying”. She says that if an object doesn’t “spark joy”, then out it goes.
She also thinks that you should thank the objects you let go of, in gratitude for the part they’ve played in your life. Feeling a bit daft, I gave it a try. It really does make it easier to move on some of the things you don’t like but feel you “ought” to keep!
After all that, I’ve now managed to send a fair bit of my clutter to recycling, charity shops or to new owners. And not only have I cleared space, but following some of the tips in Barry Cashin’s latest column, I’ve even made a few pennies, too!
You can read Barry’s column on how to make money from your clutter in the money pages in our April 1 issue.