Friday, August 31, 2007

Back to Basics

Today I was reading Penelope Trunk's post on 5 steps to taming materialism. As a Buddhist, obviously one of my goals in life is to let go of materialism, which is hard to do in the culture I'm immersed in. I was intrigued by Trunk's trials and tribulations (fighting bedbugs, moving multiple times, surviving 9/11), and how she applied her thinking to conquering being a pack-rat.

I carry a lot of clutter myself, and I really should start throwing things out. I'm deciding to give myself another year on my weight, and if it doesn't come down, I'm going to donate a lot of clothes to Dress for Success. I will go through my books this fall, and I'll probably post what I'm de-accessioning on here, so keep an eye out for that.

I suppose my greatest weaknesses are sentimental. My stuffed Sylvester from Looney Toons doll that my grandfather gave me when I was 3. The china cat my friend Matt brought me back from his semester abroad. Family photos, the miniature Eiffel Tower from the trip to Paris, my shelf of Egyptian art. Bookmarks from museums, cut out pictures from catalogs and magazines I'm saving to use for inspiration when I finally get to decorate a house that I'll own... bric a brac is everywhere in our house.

I wish I could rent storage space, like Trunk did, to experiment with leaving everything behind, but that's beyond my means. But I guess I could start small, with the bookshelves, or my closet.

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