I spent a part of this weekend organizing my art supplies. Because I cycle through hobbies, it’s easy to forget what I have and where it is located. I knew where my watercolors were – so I took them out, inventoried them, and then went online to replace some old colors and pick up some new. Ten new colors.
The next step of the inventory control was to go rummage through things like portfolios, art totes for on site work, and . . . that’s when I found more tubes of paint, including usable, duplicate tubes of what I had just purchased.
And that’s when the light bulb really went off.
It is so easy to just pick up this or that, one little thing, a tube of paint, a ball of yarn, a book, a T-shirt. So, so easy. And then, before you know it, you have a garage full of stuff that you aren’t using and probably don’t have enough time in your life to ever use up. I wonder how much I have spent on this or that little thing a million times.
Hoarding? I wonder. To me, a hoarder can never throw anything out. We do throw things out. I think we need to start throwing things out or donating them again. My mother once said, “You don’t own a house – it owns you.” The same may be said of possessions. Maybe they do possess you! That sounds pretty creepy.
Decision-making is not a quick process when it comes to what to keep, what to get rid of. It is far easier to make an impulse purchase. I think I need to refocus on the cleaning up of my life as far as material goods. I won’t embarrass myself by telling you how many of this and that I have, but I will start thinking very carefully about what I want to keep and get rid of. However, a big decision is how I want to get rid of some things.
Ebay? Garage sale? Goodwill? That is actually the hardest decision of all to make. Ebay requires a bit of work – ongoing work. A garage sale needs organization and advertisement. Goodwill means stacking up the truck and driving down the road a few miles.