I know this is a bizarre post for a blog that’s all about lusting after things. Which may lead you to think I’m all about buying things. But “in real life” I’m not. In fact, there’s been a clear shift here away from buying things.
You can see it in … our lighter recycling bin. It’s easier to drag down our long driveway every Tuesday night.
You can see it when … sometimes I run low on Target and grocery store bags we use for kitty litter.
You can see it in … the receipts in my purse. Not so many new shoes.
You can see it … all around our house. Things don’t have to move around so much to make room for new things.
And it’s okay. How many shoes does one person need? I have plenty. Plenty I don’t even wear. See all those sandals above? We live near Chicago. I can’t even wear these shoes for half the year! And Instagram’s square format cropped a lot of sandals out of the pic. How many travel memories do we really need on shelves? Maybe one good meaningful acquisition on our next trip, wherever we go, instead of numerous small things — maybe that’s the way to go. How many bags from Target have been full of impulse purchases? I go to Target with a list of “needs” but there’s a reason why their shopping carts are so big.
I like some elbow room.
I like empty space on the floor.
I like clear kitchen counters.
I like breathing room on shelves, even if it means you must dust more.
At this point, new stuff intrudes on the elbow room.
It’s okay to have empty tables.
It’s now more meaningful to me to create. To have an idea in my mind and make it happen. That’s what I will do around our Chicago home more in 2013, and in the India pied-à-terre. Why buy a chandelier for the Chennai apartment’s dining table, when I can create a one-of-a-kind chandelier from these perforated metal vases?
And work with our electrician there to make the chandelier work? Figuring out how to work well with the contractors in India will be good for me, and learning about the parts of lighting has been interesting. I’ll be making sconces, too. I found beautiful glass candle lanterns, and will convert them to electrical sconces for a bedroom in the Chennai apartment.
Creating things now adds more to my life and knowledge, than just buying stuff.