On the Accumulation of Things

In this season of giving (and receiving), it feels natural to wonder a bit about the accumulation of things...

In the past I've created stringent and staunch rules about these things for myself, such as: When something comes in, something goes out and Only keep what you regularly use, wear or turn to

(This of course flies in the face of my upbringing - where the true logic lies in keeping every screw or lid or coffee can because it might be of use in the future... even if that moment doesn't arrive for nine years or twenty years... and then the moment is accompanied by a look that says, See, I TOLD you this would be of use someday...)

Despite this DNA patterning, I've embarked on a practice of a sorts, a keeping in check for myself about the accumulation and consuming of stuff - mainly because I'm curious about how much I need... how much can I take an actual care for? 

In the kitchen alone this is a slippery slope...

The chopping boards, the mixing bowls, the cookie scoops. How many rolling pins are necessary? How many knives make sense? How many glasses to have on hand for a dinner party? What about the ball jars, metal skewers, chopsticks, and healthy corks from wine bottles that roll around in a drawer? And the bread tins, tart pans and pyrex baking dishes?

And it keeps going...

How much ‘extra’ toilet paper must one have on hand? How many sets of sheets? How many towels and and pillows? How many tubes of lip balm and toothpaste? How many hair clips and rubber bands and pens? All those pens?? And the reusable grocery bags? And what about the shoes? How many pairs of shoes do I truly need to journey the places I regularly go? 

It's an endless list. A rapid-fire ongoing cataloging of consumable goods... 

I wander around the space, looking at all I have and wonder how much more I could let go of and how I could possibly need anything more...

And then I hear Brian in the kitchen, making our morning oatmeal (a glorious concoction of golden berries, dried cherries/cranberries, 2 kinds of oats, coconut manna, frozen blueberries, cashews, flax seeds, and honey, with a sprinkle of salt...) and hear Yoshi's deep breathing as he takes his post-morning walk nap and I am reminded of what else is in my space of living...

And it's quite clear that I have all I need in the world...