A woodstove, flowers, stained glass windows, a sleeping dog, as I gaze around my living room my eyes are pleased by the timelessness of my home. Aesthetics are key to my feeling of having a rich life.
The antithesis of timelessness is clothing labels and tags. Good quality clothing of any era does not have visible tags or labels. When I purchase a piece of clothing the first step in customizing it is to remove the tags and labels. Tags cause bunching, they stick out the neck of shirts distracting from the composition of my outfit. I carefully cut the tags off my blankets, pillows, pillowcases. Sheets. Napkins, table cloths. I’m not sure that the lack of tag actually makes inexpensive new items look older or better quality, but I am certain that tags make anything look cheaper and of less quality.
This compulsion of my extends to electronics with 4-inch long disclaimers on the cords, stickers on anything from fruit to plates and cups, vases, furniture, picture frames. It has all got to go.
I even volunteer to cut the tags out of other people’s clothing.
The urge to disguise modernity, to turn back the clock, finds its way into the kitchen where I decant the dish soap (because everything has to have writing on it). Why cant things just look nice? Well, they don’t. So I take all my teas out of the paperboard boxes and put them in glass jars. Flour and sugars come out of the plastic re-sealable bags of ugliness and into glass storage jars, plus it keeps better.
Paint pens are great for blanking out manufacturer names on clothing and appliances.
My propensity for removing all traces of manufacturer has come back to bit me when I’ve wanted to replace something and have no record of who or what made it. Really, though this has not slowed me down.
High-end cars have very little text beyond the emblem. They don’t need to let everyone driving by know that it’s an AWD Sienna, SXW, or what have you. The styling speaks for itself, and yes, I remove the lettering from the back of my cars.
Customizing my life and my belongings brings into my control that which is mine to change. I choose a timeless feeling that aesthetically works to support my feeling of having a rich life.