It has been a long time, where I am going to write a blog freehand without references and fact checking. This is one is out of my head, and why I categorized it under random thoughts. This category I probably can write under every single day, because I have many random thoughts…… (my brain never knows when to call it a day). Anyhow, I was watching this documentary on Netflix – I think it’s called, Becoming a Minimalist. I have heard the term many times, but of course, it takes me a while to really be interested in something to watch a documentary on it.
For those that don’t know, it was based off of two friends that became minimalists and they went back into their background on why they decided to do this. It’s a great concept- we place so much value into things, whether it be for memories or status, but really we don’t need as much as we have. Breakthrough!!! I am being extremely sarcastic- for those of you who do not know me!
Yes what a concept!
Having a few businesses in my lifetime, and other experiences, I have accumulated many things over the years. I got rid of my storage unit, and have been going through years of decluttering. It is like a conveyor belt, once you get through one section, there is another section, just waiting for you. I know, I have read, have three piles, keep, donate, throw away!
I am going to blame this one on my mother. My mom used to have the sales syndrome. So if it was on sale, you need to buy a box of it. We always had a stash of stuff in our house, and well that idea transferred to me. It’s embedded in me, I can never go below half a tank of gas, because, that is basically empty in my books. I have to have at least 4 tubes of toothpaste, several different types of bandages and ointment just incase and minimum of 4 dishwashing liquids and dishwasher tabs. Don’t forget the rinsing agents and fabric softener and laundry detergent, bleach, and oxyclean.
Not so long ago, my son asked me if I had Q-tips, and I said, “I have been patiently waiting for someone to ask me that exact question” as I pulled out a Costco amount of Q-tips. I have a problem. So admitting is the first step! I had to admit that when I finally organized my things, having 8 staplers and countless staples, 5 tape dispensers, 10 pairs of scissors and a closet dedicated to office supplies, was excessive. But I know what was happening- a number of things psychologically, but most importantly, it was that I was buying these things, and not knowing where I put it, so I would purchase more and more.
Okay so now that I have a staples and a few other mini-stores in my house, the time has come to purge and stop the “you never know” syndrome, that I have lived with for most of my life. My brother calls me the “gadget queen” and I live up to that name- I am sure, I am an empress by now. The issue for me is that I have a million ideas floating around in my head- and then I purchase the items required to bring those ideas into fruition, and then life gets in the way, and well, now I have a million unstarted projects.
Getting back to why there is no way that I could ever be a minimalist- it’s just not for me. And as much as I can appreciate the concept, it is too extreme. Odd that the actual minimalists, make a ton of money on how to become one. However, I can definitely become a mediumist, which brings me to the title. See Goldilocks was ahead of her time- although a blatant criminal- breaking into the 3 bears home and boldly eating their oatmeal and utilizing their beds, she always settled with things that were “just right”.
I believe I can start a mediumist group, where everything is “just right”. And I think that’s what life should be all about, not minimum, not maximum- but medium. As I continue with my decluttering- that’s my objective- to reach the Goldilocks utopia!!!!- To all my readers- tell me your idea of mediumism!! (by the way- I didn’t Google that term- I just made it up) at least I think so!!