Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Every day in April (except Sundays), I’ll be sharing a short bookish memory with you.
I don’t like stuff. Stuff stresses me out. Many of the surfaces in my bedroom and office are bare. About half of my drawers are empty. I can fit the majority of my clothes into a suitcase. I loathe shopping and do it as infrequently as possible.
Even though I own a lot of books, my dislike of stuff extends to my bookish life. One of the reasons I’m not on Bookstagram is because photo props become clutter when you’re not using them. I’ve been tempted to buy a literary subscription box, but most of them come with “goodies.” Bookish swag is fun to open when it comes in the mail, but what do you do with it once it’s in your house? I didn’t even own a pretty bookmark until my mentor gave me one last year. I just used a fancy advertisement from a bookstore in Denver as a bookmark.
Even my books are subject to frequent purges. I don’t collect books or have multiple copies of anything. If a book gets less than 4 stars from me on Goodreads, it goes to a new home. Still, my shelves are fuller than I’d like. I love being a stuff-purger and can’t imagine living in a place that’s overflowing with stuff.
|My office + Little G the dog. (Who doesn't understand what "get out of my picture" means.)|
Are you a stuff-purger like me, or are you a stuff-collector? If you’re a collector, how do you manage your stuff so you don’t feel overwhelmed by it?