Monday, August 20, 2007

Stacked and Stoked

most of my friends know, i don’t posses many belongings. i keep what’s necessary and employ functional items that work for me. i call it “smart living.” it could stem from the simple fact that i have moved across the country more than once, allowing only the items lucky enough to survive the “car cut.” but honestly, i just live better in my surroundings when i know that my belongings have a purpose and meaning.
that being said, i have always wanted a matryoshka doll. also known as a russian nesting doll or stacking doll or even a babushka doll. it stems from one roommate in particular. i’ll call her jessica. she owned lots of things--most of which ended up on the kitchen table. but most importantly, jessica owned one of these matryoshka dolls--which i blatantly coveted on a weekly basis. i had high hopes that my roommate would one day no longer see the need for her nesting doll and relinquish it upon me. that never happened. i guess i could have sought one out--but again, an individual like me didn’t want to bring another matryoshka doll into the house, when there was a perfectly good version available to look at. lucky for me i was at an antique fair yesterday and happened to come across this particular matryoshka doll in the above picture. now that i am sans the roommate that owned doll--i knew that i had to make the purchase.
what i have failed to mention is the reason why i think the doll is so cool--the dolls come in a set of decreasing sizes and are placed inside one another. “they can be seen metaphorically, as a design paradigm, known as the "matryoshka principle" or "nested doll principle". it denotes a recognizable relationship of "similar object-within-similar object" that appears in the design of many other natural and man made objects.” ah hah! the doll totally relates to organizing. not knowing why i gravitated towards the doll before--now it all made sense. i love the fact that the dolls all fit perfectly inside one another. each doll has a home--a place to live--which is one of the first rules of organizing. neato!!

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