I always was kind of a hoarder.
Seriously, I used to fill up my room to the brink of my belongings spilling out of my space. While it made me creative in finding space for even more stuff, it limited me when it came to my productivity. You need to organize, or you get lost in all your stuff.
When it comes to getting the most out of my items I have had a bad start. My dad used to own boxes filled with music CDs and DVDs and my mother owns a room full of books.
I have come to the insight that it’s time to improve.
So recently I’ve been sorting out my stuff. The mental stuff, but also the tangible stuff.
I’ve been Marie Kondo-ing my room and my belongings.
Not in the way that I’m neurotic about having the socks in my IKEA closet folded the exact Japanese way; in the way that I go through everything and minimize it if it doesn’t spark me the beautiful spark of joy. Fuck me.
Kondo teaches the same things my dad and Jordan Peterson used to teach me. Just clean up your damn room. A place for everything and everything in its place.
Things I’m keeping for an unspecified amount of time:
- Appliances that advance my art business;
- Books that advance my studies and which I’ll need to reference later;
- Clothes that make me feel like the best dressed motherfucker in the game when I wear them;
- Classic Literature that I want to keep for the literature points and loan out to friends;
- Books I’ve yet to read;
- Basic furniture;
Things I’m minimizing as soon as possible:
- Cables for electronic equipment that I no longer own;
- Old clothes that don’t make me feel like the best dressed motherfucker in the game when I wear them;
- Books that I didn’t like;
- That one messy drawer you also have that’s filled with random stuff;
Things I’m acquiring slowly over the long run in the far future:
- A DSLR (excited for this one) with some artsy lenses for (fisheye) portraits;
- New acrylic markers;
- A colour printer that can also scan my artwork. At the moment I have 2 printers which don’t work and a flatbed scanner which does;
- A new smartphone; the good old iPhone 5s I have now doesn’t charge anymore and Apple doesn’t give you the right to repair. Fairphone 3 maybe?
Doing more with less
The theory is that I will be doing more with less. By not having as much items, I can focus my time and energy on the tools that I do have. That’s it.
Now all that’s left is just minimizing my items. To the thrift shop with you!
Here’s to more art, better study results, doing cheap things, and writing about it.
Until the next time.