“less is more”– Robert Browning and everybody else
I got so much stuff.
I blame it on my every changing mood. One minute I want to have a collection of dvd’s or nick-nacks, next minute I want to make everything into a DIY project, and a few hours later I am buying more storage boxes for all the stuff I accumulated.
My long list of hobbies never helped either. I am a passionate person, but I don’t have just one passion. Every two years or so I find something new to obsess about, whether it’s poi and fire performance, horseback riding, reading, photography and art or a new kind of pet (currently into fishes!). For every DIY project, for every hobby, stuff gathers.
On one end of my couch there are all kinds of papers and cardboard shoved between the couch and the wall, on the other end there’s a tripod and a yoga mat. Underneath the table there’s a box full of magazines, underneath my cupboard there’s a small vaccuum and a box full of old artwork, and leaning against the cupboard you find a blue suitcase and my mop for cleaning the floor. You get the picture, stuff is hiding in every nook and cranny.
The funny thing is, most of this stuff I actually use. I don’t have much space at all (12 square metres, or 130 square feet), and my art school demands a lot of supplies. Still though, all this stuff makes me feel crowded, unfocussed and just unhappy.
So I decided to take a more minimalist approach.
I know I am unlikely to become a full blown minimalist, living out of a suitcase or with only 100 items. But the philosphy appeals to me greately. Having less stuff, freeing up space and time for things that truly matter, and only owning what you need, love and use. Consuming less material goods is also great for the environment, something I care about.
The first step for me is to prevent new stuff from entering, I unsubscribed from almost all newletters and I am going to put a ‘no circular mail’ sticker on my front door. Hopefully this will prevent me from even being tempted to go out and buy stuff. I also put up a budget for my weekly expenses but I will have to see how that plays out.
The second step is to slowly get rid of clutter by tossing it, giving it to family and friends, donating it to a trift store or selling the stuff. I am currently sorting through boxes and drawers and pulling out stuff I know I want to get rid off and putting the stuff I am not sure about on top so I can give it another go before I decide to keep it or not.
Basically, all my possesions are for me and about me. Like I am trying to define who I am by the stuff that I own. I am owned by my possesions. It all seems really selfish to have my life be about me. Instead of taking I want to give. Give time to the people and animals I care about for example.
Would a minimalistic lifestyle be for you?