Tuesday, February 16, 2010

get out of here

attack-of-minimalism

a few weeks ago i wagged a finger at anairam when she chucked her entire supply of toiletpaper tubes, and now i'm doing the same thing. only worse, much worse! the attic looks like a satellite warehouse of office max and the paper mill company and i have reached my clutter limit. i really only use a few basic art materials, which fit easily in a few boxes. every time i look at that room of excessive inventory i feel a big dose of yuck, a stab of burden, anti-inspiration. not what art materials are supposed to do to a person. so i have begun the ruthless and unsympathetic purge. it is going to schools, friends, anyone local who wants it. i'm already feeling lighter and more imaginative. of course the minute it's all gone i'll think of a thousand uses for the things i so blithely cast off, and the acquisition process will begin afresh. it's a cycle i've come to enjoy, just like the change of the seasons.

34 comments:

Annie Pazoo said...

Excellent! And I'm inspired. I've been pretty good about not buying or acquiring new materials for the past few months, but haven't done a darn thing about all the supplies I've held on to for who-knows-how-long. But seriously? I'm afraid to go into the craft closet (and laundry room and garage). So much stuff!

painted fish studio said...

i think the feeling of being freeeeeeee of all that stuff totally trumps that akkkkkccckkk i need that back! feeling. good for you. a purge every-once-in-a-while is in order.

Leenie said...

It is SO difficult to pass by all those wonderful materials and not wish they were stashed at your place ready for the next project. But, as you say, the accumulation can become overwhelming. Good for you--sharing your wealth with schools and friends. Now you can upgrade!

Hybrid J said...

So true, there's natural hoarder in all of us! :)

pixie said...

the art room has no idea i'm coming in with contractor bags next weekend! this weekend it was the pantry. so the pump is primed.

i'm so digging the doodle!!

i'm going to strap on some artsyvilles and go to TOWN, sista.

dried gouche from fashion design school 20 years ago-get thee behind me!

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

I am right there with you on the cycles of purging/accumulating. And you are right it is much easier to be creative with less. Same with my kids which is why I keep meaning to do a major purge/re-organization of our family art area. Love your drawing. I will print it out and keep it for inspiration this week!

I always wanted to do a toy swap but never organized it. Wouldn't an art supply swap be fun to do, also? have you ever done anything like that before?

rachel awes said...

i just love the power of the people in this home...pow, zow, batman! awesome illustration! & oh dear, could we use some of that power surge purge over here (too)! hmmm, i wonder what new wonders will bloom in your clearings..xo.

la ninja said...

go oooon, go oooon... get rid of e.ve.ry.thing.

you know you like it.

Connie said...

Good for you!!! I've been feeling the same lately, but with my house.

Tammy said...

Good ideas here,my friend has asked me to help her with a rummage sale for our Relay for Life team,thats a great inscentive to give up things for a good cause.Great drawing I just hope my attempt is as successful.

Lis said...

oh my gosh ... did you just drive by my house?

so much fun and all too accurate!

~Valentina~ said...

*GREAT* idea! I just move to a new place and the first thing I did was a HUGE art & craft supplies cleaning. Feels super good giving things you're not really using to schools, friends and /or church! :)
Bye bye clutter, welcome New Inspiration!

ambika said...

I keep trying to do this with crafty stuff (especially fabric) but it's no use when people *give* you the stuff!

heather smith jones said...

You know the preschool always can use tp tubes! :)

Bella Sinclair said...

Whoa boy, I'm due for a good purge. I have the sneaky suspicion that it's the acquisition that's driving this addiction, not quite the possession. Oooh, hey, what's on sale at Michael's this week?

jane said...

good for you! whenever i purge, i walk around the house, asking everyone if they can feel the positive energy... maybe it´s better if i don´t print their comments... ;) kisses!

cindy said...

i need to do that, too! enjoy your urge to purge and actually doing it!

Shannon said...

i'm loving this!!! come to my house, please.

michelle allen said...

good for you miss aimee! i think i'll stick to just reorganizing my supplies for now. i'm still in denial!

Megan Walker said...

I say *AWESOME* Aimee! That's such a great feeling, and it helps others also. My family knows all too well that if they stand still for too long I'll toss them out as well! LOL! :)

xoxo

L'Atelier said...

enjoy your clutter diet!
i am in the middle of springclean- with minideclutter - at the moment. i know i will feel so much better once it is done :)
oh and yes enjoy the shopping for new clutter even more! ;)

nathalie et cetera said...

wow! i admire you! i keep all my art supplies... just in case.

Jennifer said...

It must be in the air..I've been doing the same thing! I've thrown and or donated stuff I have hung onto 'just in case' for 15 years!!! It feels good!

joanne said...

oh my yes yes yes... some amount of chaos is helpful... being buried under it not so much... it is a very delicate balance to find that in-between... right now i am buried... and is anything creative happening?... not so much... time for a cleanse :)

Alexandra Hedberg said...

YES!
That's the way to go!!!

remistuff.blogspot.com said...

Maybe tomorrow.

hanna-happenings said...

Make place for the New! Great!
You inspire (as always)! :)

●• Thereza said...

yes, i know the feeling... and decluttering is always good as it makes space for the new things.

Valerie Lorimer said...

Oh, doesn't that purge feel good? I know what you mean. I have cabinets full of materials - some of which I use a lot, others not so much. And never mind the closets and drawers! It's about time for a spring purge here!

gm glimmerglass said...

Out with the old, in with the new (ideas).

Nothing like a great clear-out to get the creativity flowing again. Art supply Feng Shui is a MUST, in this age of easily accessible free "Junque".

The delight with which our local preschool teacher receives huge stacks of paper and paints has been a great motivator for me to redistribute the goods.

I am also a staunch believer in those big honkin' huge ziplocks to create "kits" for ***fabulous door prizes*** to all the lucky peeps that come through my studio door.

Happy (almost) Spring Flinging!

Fruenswerk said...

Haha...Oh.myyy god...hihi...It will do so much good for you...when you have cleaned up girl...NOW what I´m talking about...haha..go for it :D

Anairam said...

Oh, ho, ho!! I hope you are not going to be in dire need of glitter, gesso, etc. anytime soon! But no, jokes aside, I admire and applaud you. Apart from getting rid of the tp rolls (which I have started collecting again) I have not yet attempted to clear the rest of my crafty stuff - and really, there is some stuff that seriously could be ditched. But I have to say that I went through quite a big cleanup early last year, so it is not TOOOO bad. Good luck dear Aimee!

peggyfussell said...

I can't even tell you how much I love this. I am living vicariously through your purge, I know.... but maybe I can sum up the strength for my own... just maybe.

peggyfussell said...

I can't even tell you how much I love this. I am living vicariously through your purge, I know.... but maybe I can sum up the strength for my own... just maybe.