Not unlike many people I have a love/hate relationship with stuff. As a techie, when new gadgets are introduced I feel my fingers get all twitchy wanting to hold it, play with it, see what it can do that is different, better or worse than the gadget I currently have. As a DIYer/crafter, I have dozens of tools, yards of fabrics, tubs of skeins of yarn, beads, boxes, frames, scraps of wood and various and sundry other items that could turn into something amazing if only I started (or finished) some project.
So when I look around me I see stuff, when I want to see serenity. I don’t want a spartan environment, just one that if a camera crew unexpectedly came to my house for a news segment people wouldn’t say “OMG!” when they saw it.
I wonder how to achieve the balance between creativity and things and becoming a full-fledged hoarder.
To change my ways, I’ve recently started donating crafts items that I know I’ll never get to – they are tough to giveaway but a relief when they are gone. Things that have been given to me by people I care for, but are items that I don’t particularly like or use, are going as well. A car load of items went to a women’s shelter that was extremely grateful. Baby steps in the right direction.
But the basic problem is how not to bring stuff into the house in the first place. Then I saw this video again:
I saw it a few years ago and had forgotten about it (I don’t know how). It’s a 20-ish minute video that is going on my calendar to watch every few months. When I watch it, it really keeps from wanting to get new stuff. Take a look and let me know what you think.
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