My thoughts on simplicity started with wardrobe simplification and curation, but soon extended to all aspects of my life, starting with my living space. There is nothing like enjoying a simple, clutter-free little nest to spend quality time in. I set myself various rules to achieve and, most difficult, maintain a simplified interior. One of which being the Junk Bowl.
When you read minimalist or decluttering/simplification blogs, it often comes to the "junk drawer". This drawer, that is a complete and utter mess, in which you stuff everything you can't really find another place for but still want to keep around.
Sometimes, it's bigger than that: a junk closet, a junk room, a garage, cellar or attic filled with junk, or even storage space. As George Carlin says, there is a whole industry based on keeping an eye on your stuff. Haha. I never get tired of that guy.
In my case, the 25m² appartment being a major cause, I can't afford to have any junk space. A drawer maybe, but certainly not a full room - and I'm not prepared to rent a storage unit for no other purpose than keeping some more stuff. That is way too much effort and cost for material objects.
So I have defined a rule upon my arrival in Paris: I am to get and maintain a Junk Bowl, pictured above. And it does contain quite some junk: accessories from parties, receipts, business cards, hair pins, Totoro mini plushes from Japan... And it is fine, since this is after all, a Junk Bowl.
But the junk must never extend past that bowl. Effectively meaning, given the size of the bowl, that I can only keep a limited amount of junk in my apartment, and of limited size, too. This actually forces me, when I come in possession of an object with a great potential to become junk, to consider if I want to keep it or not. And given the fact that I work for a gaming company, I do receive a lot of goodies with high junk potential.
Bottom line of this demonstration is - simplicity isn't exactly effortless, but I personally find that with a simple set of rules, such as the Junk Bowl, it isn't that hard to maintain either. I have other similar limitations, such as the video games shelf, the make-up basket, the mug shelf in the kitchen...
These limitations helped me realize that:
- Free stuff is still stuff and doesn't have to be brought home just because it is free.
- I find the need to curate all objects, like with clothes, and carefully think what I want to keep around
- I don't necessarily need new stuff all the time to function in my everyday life
- Even if I like something in a shop, I'm not tempted to buy it unless I actually need it
If you are into wardrobe editing, did this extend to a need to simplify other areas of your life as well? How do you maintain a simplified environment?