I have been de-cluttering for a while now..."letting go" of things I don't need, will never use or those which I keep out of a sense of responsibility...gifts and pass me downs, items with emotional attatchments or items needing repairs or for crafting projects I know I will never get around to...
Trying to keep William Morris's quote in mind, I am keeping only those things I know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
This change of perspective has also enabled me to stop "keeping things for best", treasures that were hidden and not enjoyed enough are now in daily use and the pleasure they bring far out weighs the fleeting sadness felt when something gets broken or damaged.
It has been a good learning process and each day it gets easier to let go, to enjoy, to live in the moment.
The rewards are views like this above, the pillowcase I made one spring, the bag - a crochet reminder of the very first visit I made to Woolfest, the bed salvaged from a barn in pieces and paid for by family and friends when we got married...none of it expensive but full of worth and a constant reminder of just how good a handmade life can be.