Other than to paint more and finish/complete more paintings, my new year’s resolution is to declutter and minimise – to remove unnecessary items from my house/living space and to live and travel more lightly – to spend less and to buy less unnecessary things. I don’t really spend that much and most of the things that I buy/collect are inexpensive second hand items from charity stores or recycled found objects. But it’s all relative. And I’ll admit, I do have a tendency to collect/hoard unnecessary stuff that I had the best intentions with at the time but later often wonder – why on Earth? Which is a real nuisance especially in a small/compact living/studio space like ours. But those were the days. And now, we are refining.
This year, I’m going to cut right back. I’m going to make a conscious/serious effort to only want and desire and buy and have/keep what I really need. As an artist who appreciates beautiful/unusual things and require certain objects as props for painting compositions, this is a real challenge and difficult process to tackle/master/deal with. But it has to be done. I’ve made up my mind to live a simpler and more minimal life and I’ve started with quite brutally culling/selecting and keeping only a few favourite pot plants on the balcony. And the balcony looks better already – it’s now more open and neat. A work in progress but it’s an improvement and we’re getting there. But you have no idea the pain that I still have to deal with – to resist the temptation to buy new plants when I see them. I am strong. I am titanium. I can do this.
And regarding the extra/surplus bric a brac items in the house. Plates, bowls, vases, teapots, old bottles, cute/interesting found objects and other stuff – I’m going to go through them and be equally brutal. What I don’t want or need for my art this year, I’m going to either throw in the bin, give back to charity, keep for a family member or friend, or list and try to sell on eBay or Gumtree. What I can’t part with or can see use in for my art, I’ll keep and/or box for storage. This can only be a good thing. A decluttered and tidier/neater space/environment is cleaner and more conducive to productivity and work (I said this). It’s easier on the eye too, easier to breathe and a happier and healthier space. And documents and things are easier to find. Including misplaced keys. There will even be some room to do yoga perhaps.