Thursday, June 28, 2007

I have a question:


decole tape dispensers

Do you think it is okay to shop/collect things you like or do you think it is better to live a minimalist lifestyle? I think about this all the time (usually while sending alllll my money to Japan for wooden mushroom-themed objects ). I definitely don't want to be the type of person who has little dusty tchochkes all over their house- which I am slowly...um, I mean QUICKLY becoming! Ack.


11 Comments:

Anonymous Sion said...

I constantly struggle with this as well. I think for the most part the minimalist part of me wins, because with that you also have less cleaning and less mental clutter to deal with. Actually doing this is another matter altogether haha!

7:20 PM  
Blogger M. Patrizio said...

I really think about it everyday. One part of me says it is okay, because it is inspiration, and when I look at I feel good or makes me smile but then another part of me is afraid that I am burying myself in cuteness clutter. I end up feeling guilty all the time.

8:57 PM  
Blogger wadiefong said...

Eep! I have the very same quandry. Nowadays my collection/spending frenzy seems to come and go for certain things. After awhile, I loose interest in them or don't have space, so things get tossed or given away. Yep, it's money down the drain, but you have to think of it as "enjoyment factor" (it's up to you as how much stuff you need to enjoy life ;-)). I did get a lot of EF before it was tossed or appropriated by a friend. I'd like to be a minimalist, but I have no will power!

9:51 PM  
Blogger Terra said...

My aesthetic definitely tends toward the cute clutter, and I'm happy with that, but I'm really bad about cleaning, so I feel like I'm supposed to get rid of most of my stuff and simplify. I did the whole Apartment Therapy 8-Step Cure recently, and it helped a lot, but some things are so ingrained in you that it's hard to change. Maybe we should form a support group for people pulled between the minimalist life and the tchotke life.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Chickengirl said...

Blah, I have the same struggle as well. I don't even buy half the stuff I have in my house, but people are always buying me cute little things here and there because they know I enjoy them. I always say, ok, I have to grow up now! But the chicken collection just keeps growing...

10:44 PM  
Blogger elizabeth star said...

I definitely agree. Whenever looking at my hoards of collected cutness and other paraphanalia (I thought I was the only one who used the word tchochkes, thanks for the spelling of it! hehe) I feel so guilty. I'm such a consumer. It's gotten pretty bad lately too. The harder something is to find, the more I want to find it. I try to reason with myself and say its okay as long as the item is functional. Tape dispensers are totally functional :)

P.s: I had fun yesterday!

10:57 PM  
Blogger chicadecanela said...

It is better (and cheaper) to be a minimalist. But, as for me, i can´t. I live inmersed in the consumer society and i enjoy every bit of it! I´m quite a fetishistic, i love things, specially cute, lovely things. I earn my living out of cute, lovely things, so i guess it all makes sense! :D

9:04 AM  
Blogger Alice Wood said...

I have some rooms that are quite clear (by my standards), but others are a complete nightmare. I collect all kinds of useless things from birds nests to postcards to shells. I am an illustrator so I keep lots of stuff for reference... and it's like having your own mini-museum, but I can't get rid of anything. It all has some terrible emotional hold over me. My father is the worst. He lives alone in a 5 bed house and he can't move! It must be an inherited trait. Every now and then I'll have a cull, but it just accumulates again. My son's toys are another thing altogether...

9:30 AM  
Blogger M. Patrizio said...

I feel like as an artist/ illustrator you really HAVE TO collect some things for reference. Also, I save a lot of things so I can re-use them, for example cardboard,paper scraps,plastic bags,bubble wrap etc.
How the hell are you supposed to be eco-conscious without looking like a pack rat?!

11:35 AM  
Blogger Jocelan Thiessen said...

yeah this was something i struggled with but i solved it by making the entire house clutter free EXCEPT for my basement room where my craft and drawing tables are. There i can feel guilt free and feel inspired also!!
Also a healthy dose of spring cleaning helps also.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I LOVE the minimalist but I have/want/need too many things. I rotate decor quite often, I just have too many favorites!

2:15 PM  

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