I've spent many precious life hours over the last 10 years moving stuff out of my house.
In the last year, the highway of departing clutter has become an absolute speedway.
Here is a lesson I have learned in the process.
Lesson Learned #1
Not all stuff is bad stuff!
While reading about minimal life styles and the joys of "less is more," you can get swept up by the hype. Some self identified simplification gurus put a high premium on getting your possessions down to the bare minimum ... being able to contain all your belongings is your car ... or the joys of brushing your teeth with soap ... or having empty surfaces and shelves throughout your living space.
I have a much more middle-of-the-road picture of minimalism..
I have had a decent life where disposable income was the norm. My husband and I had a broad range of interests and hobbies. We enjoyed collecting stuff around those pursuits. In some regards, we still do.
But over time we packed away many of our passions. Sometimes we no longer enjoyed the ownership of an item, but it wasn't junk so we just boxed it up and forgot about it. Usually we didn't have space to display everything that 45 years of marriage could produce. Or our tastes changed and our interests evolved. On we moved to the next endeavor. Do you recognize yourself anywhere in that description?
One remarkable side benefit of diving deep into your stored belongings is a discovery of a long forgotten treasure that you forgot you owned.
This chess set is one such item.
My husband collected chess sets. We must have 15 of them. This was not a cheap hobby. Most of the sets we purchased were several hundred dollars. But over time we packed them away.
This beautiful hand carved and painted Camelot Chess set was created by a wood carver called Whittle Works. Holy Cow! These figures haven't seen the light of day in probably 15 years.
Gosh! I still love these!! Why the heck aren't they out where I can enjoy them? Well, they are now out. I will tell you why they weren't out. The set was "out of sight out of mind" in a box buried deeply behind a bunch of bad stuff I didn't care one twit about and now does not live here anymore.
Some minimalist minded folks would question keeping this chess set. They would ask:
- Have you touched this item in the last year? No. Not touched or seen in the last 15 years.
- Do you enjoy playing chess? No. I am an embarrassingly bad player.
- Will you play chess with it in the future? No. Not my game. I prefer Checkers.
- Do you find beauty or get enjoyment out of this set? Yes! End of Story.