Friday, October 22, 2010

More minimalism

The struggle to purge continues.  I am now down to seven pairs of jeans from twelve.  That's a 40% reduction.  I also have two bags of miscellaneous stuff to take to Goodwill.  If more goes out than comes in, there will be progress toward a more stylish and wearable wardrobe.

I have excess in my hobbies too.  I need to finish some of my knitting projects before I start something else.  So tempted to start the Cloud Chaser vest.  And buy new yarn for it too, when I have 40 km of yarn stashed!  The temptation of 'more' tends to come ahead of contentment with looking at what I've already got.  Starting a new project more interesting than completing an old one. 

So much acquisition, so hard to let go.  Why is that?  I wonder if humans are genetically programmed to hunt and collect as a survival thing.  Or is it greed - do I think of the money I've spent and want it back?  It's not going to happen!  It won't make money sitting in my closet, basement or where ever.  And I'm not a sales person type. 

1 comment:

  1. You have started well! And two bags for Goodwill! Fine! Could you eventually reduce some more stuff? I don´t know what you have, but I have never had so many jeans, usually I have only two pairs. Last spring I bought two similar pairs of cargos, so that makes 4 pairs of pants.
    I believe that collecting stuff started ages ago, when there was not much of anything to buy, due to wars and poverty. This has followed from one generation to the other. I believe that we buy/ collect stuff to fill some emotion we have/lack. Recognizing this emotion is the beginning for a change.
    I too am working on this one, do I really need everything I buy? No.