David: Two of the most precious resources we have are time and space. Being both short on space and more than somewhat messy, means I am constantly surrounded by what Mrs. S. calls “clutter”. If you mapped the clutter around me on this table it would like any good map, tell a story, a narrative of all the collisions that led up to the moment where I am writing this. From the clutter of books – a Doctor Who toy, scraps of paper scratched with words, CDs, postcards, pencils, tiles from abandoned churches – you can map the journeys that make a life. Beyond my life, to the lives of those who owned some of these things before me – my grandparents, my friends, dead colleagues. I know a good map is meant to reduce clutter, but a good map tells stories and surely you can have a good map of clutter? Thinking of reducing the clutter always seems scary, not because less clutter is a bad thing, but because it always seems to revolve around getting rid of things, ending their story and as an author, I always find good endings hard to manage.
Jo: I can’t cope with clutter, it makes me panic, I like to have things all ordered, it immediately affects me mentally and I need to control it. One of my little quotes that I have on my desk – neatly stacked – is from William Morris “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful & believe to be beautiful.” We have been going through a period of major changes in our home, whole rooms being renovated, and when it came to putting things back in, I recited this quote to myself. The charity shop has done very well. Today is a significant day re clutter for me, for many, many years I have had a phobia concerning money, and after years of attacking it painstakingly, I have reached a very significant milestone. This has all been about organizing the clutter, physically and mentally, that comes with money. Unlike you, I don’t see it as ending the story, I see it as the completion of another territory explored, I’m ready now to move on to the next territory, bring it on!