Eleven days. Halfway to Enough to break a habit. Or change a habit. Or somesuch thing. Today I have been working on a few things, one of them being cleaning up my work space. I found a lot of old things in this process which in turn caused me to get severely distracted...and it causes me to wonder why some of us tend to keep things and others do not. I am, by no means, a hoarder at least by televisions standards (ha) but man. Do I have stuff. Granted, its COOL stuff...and its a lot of paper type stuff, I always was gonna make amazing artsy collages to sell and I DID actually make artsy collages but, well. hmmmm.
So I saved cool or old or beautiful bits of paper and words and vintage photos and cards and here they sit. Boxes of them. (Even the boxes are nice) What to do with them?
I also have toys. Kids toys. Hot wheels cars and matchbox cars and tracks. Tinker toys. Lincoln logs. Blocks. Legos. Puzzles made of wood. Metal toys. (See? I only save the cool stuff!) But nowadays I'm trying to streamline. To de-clutter and re-organize. To feel more in control and coherent, not to mention what's going to become of all this crap anyway!?
I never thought of myself as a material person. I've never had an entire "good" outfit top to bottom, always missing the right shoes or jacket or some thing....My furniture is not nice. Well, except for my bed. and maybe my dining/kitchen table...(made by those wood working Amish!) My appliances are replaced when they break for good. Heck I still have the iphone 4 (but it's fine!) (but I should upgrade...) So why do I feel so attached to all this "stuff"? I don't know! I mean notes from children, I get that...but 4 boxes of that type of thing??
Also I found a 'Teen World' magazine from 1968, I doubt if it was even mine since I wasn't yet a teen in '68, but here's the thing. They had a two page spread advertising Pen-Pals with the kids' photos, addresses, hobbies, and ages! Can you imagine? Did anyone have lasting pen-pals? I always wished to. I guess I always liked writing. The Monkees were the big feature in this mag, by the way. One headline reads: The monkees' Naughty Nights! (who knew?)
This year I'm going to get rid of stuff. Little by little, but I am. Im certain that I will be better off, living a little lighter. I don't want a bunch of STUFF. I'm over it! I suppose it's fair to state that I won't be getting rid of my photographs, record albums, artwork, super old dishes, plants, or books. But it is a start, this purging feeling. And now that I've written it, it feels more official. So there. I halfway have a new habit!