Anything and everything never got sorted, a consequence of tight schedules, laziness, pack-rattyness, and being a low-priority. I drove to college with all I needed in a mini-van, and it would probably take 3 or 4 mini-vans to shift me today. I've made an effort to be conscious of what I buy for reasons of space, money, planning for the future, but somehow.....it accumulated.
As I pack for the South, I am overcome with the desire to jettison anything and everything and halt all expenses that isn't rent, utilities, car expenses, or food. I would like to be able to fit into a mini-van with my stuff once again (minus the pets and their large cages, of course). Easier to transport! Easier to clean! More open space! More mental space!* Considering how materialistic I have been in the past, it's almost surprising how readily I can detatch myself from these things today.** On crankier days I've even considered the 100 Things Challenge but haven't quite reconciled possessing 100 things when as an artist I tend to keep quite a few art supplies and yarn around for inspiration and play; somewhere there is a happy medium yet to be discovered.
One of my colleagues mused the other day:
I have decided my animal guide on this quest to lighten my load is this little guy, who makes his home what he pleases and carries it wherever he goes:
|Image from http://cuteoverload.com|
The first week after graduation I sorted through the bedding (goodbye, twin long sheets!) and I trimmed my closet. This week I took a critical look at my bookshelves and my yarn stash, and started going through papers; this feeling of freedom comes with the recognition I am a poor candidate for beginning an heirloom tradition. Oh well. Win some, loose some!
*When I accept a material good into my home, I devote a small part of my brain to it so I remember it is there and will use it. Less things, more brain space available for other things. Anybody else react this way?
** As long as it is my choice to detach; it's a lot harder when material goods are forcibly removed or lost.