Welcome. . . to taking the weight off
Have you heard of the term ‘ life laundry’? It’s a horrible buzzphrase for sure, but the meaning behind it – about getting rid of things that are holding you back – has resonated with me recently. I’m in the middle of a house move, so at the moment my life is a whirl of boxes, bubble wrap and packing. What’s struck me most about this impending shift across town is just how many things I’ve accumulated. I’m no hoarder, but I’d kept things simply because there was a cupboard space, or shelf for them to be plonked on to. As soon as I was faced with the prospect of lugging all of these things across town, I quickly worked out what was essential to take, and what wasn’t going to make the trip.
Could you say the same for your home, studio or art? My clear-out is about possessions, but it doesn’t have to be something physical. It could be how you approach an image, or whether you hold on to an art style that doesn’t suit how you paint. Maybe you have an unfinished piece that consumes your mind, to the point that you’re unable to let anything fresh or new in its place?
Have a think about the things you do out of habit, or keep hold of simply because there’s space for it. You’ll feel better after letting things go – and perhaps have a new respect for what’s left behind.
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