Sunday, April 29, 2012

Craving Nothing Part 2: The Nomad Hotel

A place to sleep or love. A place to read or rest. A place to write, work, play, or eat. A place to bathe and relax. 
So here's a two-for-one:

A week ago, I promised to update you on my Craving Nothing experiment. Today, not only will I do that, but I will also turn you on two great things.  

The first is one of my favorite blogs: Apartment Therapy. The main draw are the house tours that are like HGTV on steroids, without the (sometimes obnoxious) presenters, and the obligatory crying homeowner who is thrilled with the humongous shocking pink planters now sitting in the middle of his living room.

In addition to the house tours, they also post plenty of tutorials, scavenger hunts, travelogues, and shop tours. It was while browsing Apartment Therapy's site that I first realized I might be on to something with my craving-nothing notions. 

From the bottom of my bohemian soul, I tell you, I could live in this room! Notice it's not about bland, much less blank, walls, and it's certainly not about minimalism. It's about doing only with what you love and need, and nothing else. I imagine this might have been the concrete reflection of what Virginia Wolf had in mind when she said that women need a room of their own in order to write. 

As you might imagine from my musings, my experiment to live with as close to nothing as possible has been successful. I can, and I want, to do with less. I do not miss the vases, the ash trays, the gazillion mugs, the magazines (at least not all them), the collection of vintage swatch watches, the vintage lingerie I never wear because it would surely break and was so expensive, the metal tin signs, the pop books, the cushions, or the Buddha statues of all sizes. 

I am now parsing and prepping my excess belongings, and will keep you posted on my local and online garage sales, though I suspect much of it will be given away to appreciative hoarders.  

My mind is clearer. I feel lighter. More accurately, my mind feels lighter. New ideas have room to come in. One in particular has begun to take hold: taking it to the next level via a decluttering of the mind and heart. Out with stagnant friendships, things done routinely for no other reason than to be polite instead of kind, must-reads that can't be that important if I haven't gotten around to them after one year, memberships, computer programs that would require too much time too learn, and that I don't feel a passion to understand, clippings, files from old jobs or clients, and so much more. The list is interminable, and yet it wasn't until I created space outside, that I realized I needed space inside. I now know I am a creative hoarder, a walking warehouse of fabulous ideas that live in the future that I store in my head. 

So, yes, I recommend this. With one caveat: this is not about tidying up. Everyone who goes to my house remarks in its neatness, but just because I know how to pack, store, and display it doesn't mean it's not there. You've got to be extreme. You've got to get yourself to that place where you crave nothing.  Trust me. It feels great.


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