If you’re anything like me, you probably have duplicates of lots of things you own – one set for everyday, one set for “best” or “special occasions”.

From stationery to cutlery and shoes to umbrellas, I have always harboured this strange sense of keeping things for a special occasion.

Writing last month’s Ink Drops inserts for the monthly boxes, with some glorious metallic pens which definitely fell into the “best” category (see, only the best for you lovely lot!), I found myself revelling in the smooth way the pens moved across the paper, and the shimmer of the ink on the card as I wrote.

using best

Why would I keep something that joyful only for special occasions? The set of pens is, after all, replaceable if I wear them all out. Most things are.

And if you’ll allow me a hippy moment or two, isn’t it denying the pen its life purpose, to keep it in a box and use it only occasionally? And anyway, why shouldn’t every day be a special occasion of sorts? We are alive, we’re creative, we’re here and we’re loved – what could be more special than that? (I have been reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic – can you tell?)

I am keeping this in mind as I unpack my worldly possessions back into my house. Almost nothing is irreplaceable, and those things which are are all the more precious and special for using, and allowing their beauty and rarity into our lives each day.

When you adopt it as a philosophy, it’s amazing what it applies to – crockery and kitchen gadgets, nightwear and underwear, most of my shoes, coats, pretty dresses, files and folders, lots of stationery and notecards and beautiful pens, suitcases, even towels… I am astounded by the amount of things I have been keeping for an unspecified “best”.

I’m a firm believer in not waiting for New Year or birthdays to make resolutions, set goals or make promises to yourself. I am promising, myself and you, that I will never again keep something only for “best”. If I own it, it deserves to be used, loved, appreciated.

(and if that means that at the next letter writing salon we organise I turn up in an adored but rarely worn ballgown, why not?!)

What have you been saving for best? Will you use it more often?