Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Weaknesses

When it comes to weaknesses I have quite a few. Especially when it comes to purchasing unnecessary  items.

There's just something about mugs and chairs and stationery supplies/office supplies that make me want to buy them. Even when I don't need them. Or really even want them.

The Mugs

I use my mugs on a daily basis. And I love having variety when choosing a particular tea for the day. But I certainly don't need quite as much variety as I already have, yet I "fall in love" with new mugs whenever I see them and have to fight the temptation to buy them, though sometimes I fail.

I stick to the rule about waiting 72 hours before making a decision. Sometimes I wait longer than that. But when I'm still admiring a particular craftsman's mug months later, I just have to click "buy" button online.

All but two of the mugs I use are handmade. And the two that aren't have this wonderful round shape that feels quite lovely to drink from. One of those two is based on a handmade shape and machine made in Portugal. The other is covered in an artist's design, but is likely manufactured in China - given how inexpensive it was.

If I were to find a handmade round mug I'd definitely part with those two. But I doubt that would be the end to my mug collecting desires and imagine I'd discover a new potter with a must have mug, or find one of the existing artisans I love has come up with a new design I'd want to own.

I may just have to learn to be okay with a forever revolving set of mugs or the fact that I would one day have to allot a shelf in my cupboards just for my expanding mug collection. Or maybe I just have to hide from instagram and stay clear of my favorite online stores.

The Chairs

I find beauty in the shape of a chair - especially ones that are wood. Though it can be a combination of wood and fabric. Or it can be a combination of fabric and metal.

As it is I have far too many chairs of the dining variety. We typically only use two, yet I have six - one that was formerly an office chair that lives next to my office desk; one that I couldn't resell for a price I wanted that now lives next to the television and holds a chair cushion my husband uses on our coffee table to cushion his feet; one that lives in our walk-in closet that we use to put our clothes on as we're getting ready; one that lives in my "sailing" closet that one of my cats likes to sleep on; and two that live at our table, that we use each day for meals.

But whenever I see a new chair go on sale or go up for auction on eBay I have to fight the urge to buy it. From Cherner to Møller, to Eames to Jacobsen, to Wegner to Thonet, to Juhl to Nelson, to Breuer to Saarinen, I wish I could have them all in my home. But with no more than four people likely ever to dine with us, the six I have is already in excess.

Fortunately the lounge chairs I adore are way out of my price range, and would take up more space than I will likely ever have in my home. Though I hope one day for the Eames chair and ottoman for my main living space and the womb chair and ottoman for my bedroom.

The Stationery Supplies

I cannot be trusted in stores like Paper Source. Not for a hot minute. There's just something about pretty paper, and colored pens, and Post-Its and labels and cutting tools, and stamps, and embossers, that make me want them all. Even though when I do buy such things they go unused - I'm not particularly crafty and I have absolutely no use for 99% of what I acquire or wish to acquire.

Even Staples makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. Row after row of pretty colored paper clips, removal tab dividers, binder clips, old fashioned staplers, colored folders and files - all draw me to them. And forget about well-made three-ring binders.

Yet I don't keep paperwork if at all humanly possible. I don't write letters of the printed variety. I have a love-hate relationship with the Post-It. And if I ever needed a paperclip I could "borrow" one from my office - though that has never happened in the umpteen years I've been working remotely.

Perhaps it's that I crave organization, or the idea of organization. I've always loved the idea of "a place for everything and everything in its place." And the one about having the right tool for the job. But having fewer things means needing fewer of these stationery/organizational/office supplies.

And yet I find myself pining for them any time I walk into Paper Source for a birthday card, and often find myself leaving with something absolutely unnecessary.

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And, yes... it's an odd set of things to have a weakness for - they are all seemingly unrelated. However, I think they all relate in one way - I find them all very pleasing to the eye.

I just have to recognize my weaknesses, acknowledge them, and not give in to them too often...or at all.

To be continued...

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