‘On Decluttering, Conservation, Narratives and Stuff’

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For most of my life I have lived in large old country houses, where I collected and restored furniture and effects obtained at deceased-estate clearing sales. I have always liked order but am more flexible on filth. As a child, God stood over our Methodist household threatening violence to children who were careless or wasteful. Adults paid me to impose order on pantries, spare rooms and overflowing sheds because, à la Marie Kondo, it sparked joy in me, and it was useful. It rarely involved throwing things out.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalMeanjin Quarterly
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


  • decluttering
  • objects
  • change

NTRO Type of Output

  • Minor


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