Sometimes I feel burdened by the stuff I’ve accumulated. So, I decided to clean out my art studio.
It went like this:
- decide to clean
- start removing items from shelves
- remember how cool some of the items are
- wonder what I was thinking on others
- fill up trash
- start a new creative project
I started the cleaning by taking the books off my bookshelf that I didn’t have use for anymore.
I found books on rug making, macrame, mosaics, doll knitting, herbal and nutritional healing, knitting, faith, creativity, and sewing. Remember the post on being a multipotentialite? Yep, I’ve been one a long time.
Instead of going to a place of shame – “how could I have bought all this stuff?!?” – I went to a place of gratitude.
I’m grateful to have had the resources to pursue these interests. I’m even more grateful for the reminder of who I am.
These books are a time capsule of the interests I’ve had over the years. What a gift! Going through and cleaning out has been like looking through an old journal. A journal that is more than words, it is tactile.
Now that I am no longer immersed in any of these interests combined with Google providing information with great ease and convenience, they can go. They are taking up both physical and mental space that is now needed for other, new interests.
Releasing them back into the world – to free me and to help someone else – has brought a refreshing joy.
And now I’m free to play with some of the new-old stuff I’ve found. Need a creative spark? Or some joy? Maybe a little time capsule cleaning is in your future.
The stash doesn’t change, but we do.