A few years back I picked up this small book at my library.
It was a great little inspiring read. Jump to a few years down the road, and it’s on my mind again.
Now that I am married and we’ve decided we are not having kids, I’ve been forced to do some real soul searching. Ive been wondering where all my cherished possessions will end up once I am gone. Of course part of me wishes I will be the artist who becomes famous after her death and her legacy continues on forever & ever, maybe even getting some of her photos in the MOMA (ok ok I know, not realistic but a girl can dream!) I considered my husband’s kids having to pick through my belongings and thought maybe I shouldn’t burden them with such things.
So began my journey into researching organization which lead me to learning about simple living and minimalistic living.
As with any research, I always start with books (sorry Pinterest & Google!)
I cannot believe the amount of books there are about getting organized. And they come in all sorts of forms & concepts. The trendiest of them all seem to be simple living and minimalism. Google these terms with ‘house’ at the end and you might see this:
I find this peaceful but uninspiring and rather cold!
Shortly into my journey, this book hit the New York Times Best Seller List:
It had promises of helping you declutter and hey – it might just change your life. While I understand the premise, I didn’t find it all that inspiring.
So while at some local libraries I picked up lots more.
All have different ideas, direction and resources. But none of them ever really apply to me! Some convince you to buy baskets and just organize stuff that way. But you still have S-T-U-F-F. There are however, two concepts that seem to stick with me.
#1 You shouldn’t keep it if you don’t love it/can’t live without it.
Well that’s nice for normal people, but for an artist – that’s a challenge. I am inspired by anything pretty with lots of color and texture!! I am an ARTIST. We LIVE for this stuff! I am slowly adapting to this though. I have weeded my book collection down seriously. I donated them to my library of course. Same with DVDs. If I want it, I can borrow it from the library!
#2 Try to remake or reuse something you already have to avoid bringing more items into the home.
Well I have really mastered spray painting frames and baskets.
Alright, let’s get serious-
I have made one MAJOR decision – I AM GOING DIGITAL – photos, documents etc. I spent most of the Winter scanning my documents, negatives and slides. It was so nice to revisit these images that have been locked away in the attic. Once they were scanned the originals were destroyed. I cannot describe the feeling of destroying negatives & slides. It’s like a bad stomach ache. 12 bags of shredded and destroyed items have left this house. I think I have finally accepted it. Now I can access these images anytime on the computer instead of wondering what box that negative was in.
Did I mention we live in a 512 square foot cottage? After numerous trips to Big Sisters this house is slowly becoming emptier. It feels good. We have replaced furniture with exercise equipment in hopes to lead a healthier lifestyle. So far, it is working. We are feeling pretty inspired!