So far on my 100 days of decluttering on facebook I have given away 8 vases. Eight. And you know what? A quick glance around my living room reveals at least 4 more. I had no idea that I had a thing for vases.
And the weird part is that I don't even know where most of them came from. Stuff just kinda shows up and moves in, right?
Before this journey began, I don't think I gave much thought to what I brought into my home. Sure, I discouraged my husband from bringing home mostly broken furniture he found at the dump, and I only bought things that I thought were sort of pretty (at the moment, anyways) but I didn't really think "Hey, Kelly, do you actually need 12 vases?" Nope, I don't remember ever asking myself that.
But I don't need 12 vases. In fact, truth be told, I don't really need any vases. I could put flowers in a pitcher or a mason jar. Mason jars are minimalist workhorses. They can hold flowers, or candles, or pens, or pickled beets....talk about a multitasker!
But I digress. My point, I suppose, is that I am realizing that I need to start asking more questions about the items I bring home. Like "Do I need this?" "Do I already own something that could fulfill this purpose?" "If I was moving across country and only had a couple days to pack, would I pack this item?"
"Is this item more valuable than the otherwise empty space it will take up?" Because space is beautiful and empty surfaces are a beckoning to play and create and share ourselves with one another.
And the big one: "Is there something more valuable my money could go towards?" Like, you know, food for the hungry? Or a card for a neighbour who needs to know I'm thinking of them? Or a couple Pumpkin Spice Lattes for me and a friend while the conversation oscillates casually between the trivial and the heart-cries in that way that can only happen over a hot drink with a good friend?
I'm actually going to keep a couple vases. There is nothing wrong with owning something pretty to plunk your flowers in. But I'm going to stop buying vases. And, more importantly, I'm going to ask a lot more questions of the stuff I bring home. I'm going to be a better curator of our possessions, because rooms with less stuff have more room for people and life and laughter.
And I'm going to treat a good friend to a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
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