|Art Journal Collage, August 2014|
It has become a near-obsession for me, getting rid of things I no longer need or want, or will never use, or never liked to begin with, or feel bad about having spent money on.
The quote from William Morris above has been a guiding principle for me since I established my first household in the early 1970s. Being a lifelong devotee of the Arts & Crafts Movement, that idea has always been operating in the background for me, in terms of how I arrange/organize my spaces and everything I lay my eyes on. I hate having junk around that is useless and ugly. Uselessness and ugliness are highly offensive to my senses of artfulness and design.
I've had my aquisitive periods like the rest of us. But...how many bread books does one single person really need, especially if she always baked superb loaves with guidance from the very first book? Or, how many pair of Teva river sandals does one person need when a) she never river walks; b) only one pair can be worn at a time; and c) they almost never wear out?
Even these days I find myself buying more than I need ~~ but at least now my purchases are dollar store items, or thrift shop t-shirts to sleep in, or momentarily-gotta-have old books. Sometimes it feels like I've just got to spend a couple bucks on something, whether I need it or not. I suspect this feeling is the residue of modern acculturation.
Anyway...something inside me keeps driving me to get rid of more stuff. Maybe this goes back to a fantasy I had in the 1970s about being able to put everything I owned in a VW bug and drive off into the sunset. I just don't like the idea of having too much stuff. It feels pretentious.
There's also this idea of my personal footprint on the planet. I seem to want mine to be shrinking. Deleting all those other blogs I had, and my website, and my Facebook page (but not my profile) over the last couple years, as well as having no real interest in marketing any finished art I make, all go to this concept. I don't like the idea of being all over the place on the internet or elsewhere.
I don't want to leave a swath of unnecessary detritus when I go. Not that I have any plans to for many years. But still, I don't want to possess a lot of nonessential stuff ~~ right now, and going forward.