I really don’t have all that many kinds of things, but nonetheless, I constantly feel weighted down by my possessions. It could more likely be that the size of my room amplifies these claustrophobic feelings, but I’ve always lived with a certain contradiction: I despise other people’s materialism, but am always happy to justify my own materialism. It’s always fine enough to become complacent with my belongings–relishing in the feeling of “coziness”–but as soon as I feel the urge to move, I immediately realize that I have become sluggish and dull.
After revisiting again the concept of a minimalist lifestyle in Fumio Sasaki’s goodbye, things, (and being encouraged to share about it on social media), I will begin taking the steps toward a clutter-free lifestyle. My biggest struggle will probably be in removing my books; certain feelings can always be remedied by a certain novel in my grasp. For my own personal taste of minimalism, I think I’ll borrow the idea of designating a small shelf for my “desert island” books. The rest will have to go the way of digital.
I also own plenty of notebooks and too many pens. The expectations set by those possessions reminds me that I am never putting enough effort toward my creative goals. A stack of notebooks, a cluttered shelf of books, a drawer full of pens–these are the symbols of a writer, but hardly the reality of one. Every untouched notebook and unread book allows me to admonish myself with the inflated expectations I’ve set for myself. In other words, I’m letting myself be hard on myself.
And but so anyways, here are some tips I’ll set out for myself:
- Books: Take a picture of each one that you feel bad discarding. Write a note about it in a text file or in your Goodreads account.
- Video games: I don’t want to give up my desktop computer, or a couple of my consoles/handhelds. Every now and then, a video game comes out that I can immediately tell is “”Art””” and I don’t want to miss out on it. It’s as important to me as consuming a piece of literature, at times.
- Also, a desktop computer is a much comfier workspace than a Windows device in a closet
- I’m not just kidding myself, either. Not every video game I want to play is a groundbreaking work in indie gaming; sometimes I just like fucking around. It’s something I enjoy but, in the past two years, have already greatly reduced to a minimum. It’s really about finding a way to reduce these consoles and devices to a space that I’m content with.
- Essentials: This different for everyone. I also bet that if you really force yourself, you can greatly reduce your list of essentials. This will take time to figure out.