So. I realize that I left off the best part of my Breakdown in a Big Box Retailer story. That's the part where I show up at the register with an armful of white linens and a big grin. Why? Because those white linens are my blank canvas and I have every intention of adding to it. I intend to add, furthermore, things that I truly, deeply love or practical items, preferably both.
You see, when I moved to Spain about two and a half years ago, fresh out of college, I sold all my stuff out on my front yard. I made about $370. It was heady and exciting, slightly depressing when I realized that all my worldly possessions amounted to about what I would spend on coffee in a semester. In hindsight I'm so thankful that I'm not deciding whether to live with a certain beer koozie or my gaudy costume jewelry collection. (I'm also grateful to, and intrigued by, the mysterious man in fatigues that showed up on my front porch and bought both.) Now that Spain is behind me, I'm ready to feel less liberated and have more. Starting out with not much has been exciting, but there is a certain amount of pressure, and budget juggling, that goes along with it. Here are some wonderful blog entries that are inspiring my new take on possessions:
1. Simple Lovely's "Honor Your Stuff:" "I believe when you buy only the things that you really love, things that are made with integrity, things that are high-quality, beautiful and meaningful...you will have them for a very, very long time. I believe these types of things are worthy of display"
2. Holley and Gil's "Commmitment issues:" A collection of spaces and styles that inspires me to stay true to my style.
3. Two Ellie's "An Organized Life: Being Transparent:" This roundup of ideas about how to live simply is so inspiring to me. For example, she highlights Emerson Made's statement: "keep only what you need, and keep it in plain sight. No hidden junk".