The Task: Give away (most of) my throw pillows.
The Why: I had a hard time deciding what to do for day one. The whole point of this project is that 365 little changes adds up to a radically different lifestyle. What one little thing could I do to kick off a series of little things?
So I chose the thing that I was most illogically apprehensive about. Some of the things we are going to do in this coming year are understandably frightening and ultimately life changing. But throw pillows shouldn't be. Right?
But the fact that I am so attached to decorative pillows that I cringe at the thought of getting rid of them is a pretty good indicator that I should in fact get rid of them.
The bottom line is that my throw pillows just don't pass the William Morris test.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” -William Morris
Sure, they are nice. But beautiful? No. And they certainly aren't useful since I've practically forbidden my family from putting their heads on them ever. Most of them aren't even comfy anyways.
Plus, throw pillows need to be washed occasionally and picked up off the floor a million times a day and replaced when they get worn and old or (more likely, since they never actually get used) out of style.
I do not need throw pillows.
Full Disclosure: We have two comfy throw pillows that we actually do put our heads on when lounging on the sofas watching movies, and my daughter has a somewhat sentimental throw pillow I made with her silhouette on it (I've blogged about that on my other blog), so we are keeping those ones. All the pillows in the picture above are being donated pronto!
The Verdict: The part of me that loves to shop and own and swipe my VISA at stores that sell pretty shiny things is objecting big time. (But who doesn't have throw pillows? Why would I get rid of perfectly good throw pillows. My sofas will be NAKED!) But I'm excited about what this year will bring. I'm excited to foster an atmosphere of cozy minimalism in my home and I think that in time I can get used to the look of my naked sofas...maybe.
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