I was reading a piece in the New York Times’ Bucks Blog about how much stuff we have. It’s a problem that I struggle with, daily!
My cousins are here from England and they’re coming to dinner next week (when they get back from a week on the South Carolina beaches). I am looking at my house with fresh eyes and seeing the things that need to be done. Of course, I am making a list, and at the top is “get rid of stuff”.
I bought some shelving today at Ikea and that will help corral some things in the basement, which will make things look a lot better, but they will still be there.
When I moved to the UK, I got rid of every single thing I owned. At first, it nearly killed me because I had to make a decision about every single thing: give it away? sell it? pitch it? charity shop? Everything I owned had a brightly coloured sticky note on it, delineating its final destination.After a while, I realized that stuff is stuff, and that almost everything was replaceable.
I certainly can’t pare down to 15 or 39 articles like a man mentioned in the article, but I certainly can start de-accessioning some of my things. So, look to the right in the next week or so for items to appear on my long-neglected Etsy shop.
This is going to be my new philosophy:
What are your thoughts about stuff?