Monday, November 5, 2018

The Things I Wish I Didn't Have

After moving yet again (the 2nd time in a year) I'm beginning to wish I didn't have all the things I do have. Things that I thought added value to my life. Things I have enjoyed having in my space... UNTIL I've had to once again figure out where to hang and/or place them, fix the places they once hung, protected them during transit and until they were safely on the walls or on the appropriate shelves or in the closet.

For a few years I've been curating/collecting George Nelson clocks, a couple of lithographs, and two Eames Hang-It-All's, which have served as art pieces. I've also somewhat recently acquired a few lamps (hanging, floor and desk).

And while I look at and/or use most of these items, finding the right space for them, measuring and drilling and screwing in and hanging them is quite onerous. Especially when you have to do it all again when you move - which as I mentioned previously, is OFTEN.

So, with this latest move I'm starting to wish I had fewer clocks and lamps, one fewer Hang-It-All, and zero lithographs.

I also wish I never purchased that wall mounted/leaning bookshelf a few months back. Even though it fits "perfectly" in the space and houses things I need it to house. It was a disaster to move, requires a wall repair when I leave, and when unmounted it must lie on the floor or else risk falling over.

So I wish I didn't have that bookshelf.

In recent months, in my attempt to be more green, I also purchased a few too many handmade baskets. A few I'm loathe to give away as they're handmade and quite pretty. Yet I have absolutely no need for about 5 of them - and don't really need about 8 or 9 of them.

I also didn't need that ceramic knife and sharpener. Or that glass water bottle with silicone cover. Or those Swell bottles which don't quite work as I'd hoped they would. Or those extra few mugs that were just so pretty I had to have them. Or those kitchen utensils that I haven't gotten around to using - spatula, can opener, measuring cups and spoons, wooden spoons, cast iron pot, copper pan, and on.

Although, I suppose a few of the latter items I don't mind having around "just in case."

I definitely wish I didn't buy that journal, the bullet journal, or the hardback notebook I haven't gotten around to using.

And I wish I never bought that souvenir kitchen towel that I will never, ever, ever use as it's too kitschy for my taste.

I sort of wish I never purchased all those reference books on sailing that I don't get around to referring to. Ever. But at the same time, I have aspirations of learning more about my hobby. I just can't seem to find the time to do the learning. Much like I can't quite find the time to play all those video games on the Classic NES and SNES that I purchased in the past year and that now sit in a lovely basket - out of sight but not out of mind.

I use very few things in my day-to-day. And while there are certain items I own that I love looking at, that bring me "joy" to see in my space, I am starting to think that I'd feel much more joyful if I didn't have them at all.

To be continued...

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