2.16.2012

dodging

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Whelp, I think, if someone cared enough to give me a domestic report card, they'd have to fail me on minimalism.  I am a rotten declutterer.  I can not resist funny little dishes from second hand stores.  I am incapable of recycling any little scrap of paper my children so happen as doddle on.  I thought that my tiny house, I would be forced to pare down and go without, but it seems that habit and mid-winter cravings for colour win out even in the tightest spaces.

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And my books.  My books are a minimalist nightmare.  I've not only bookshelves, but book piles and book stashes.  I've book drifts.

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Since I've failed to establish a sense of minimalist calm in my house, I've been seeking it elsewhere.  Oddly enough - or, perhaps, obviously - that sensation of organized possibility and restful peace I imagined I would feel in a minimalist household I experience in the library.  Lots of books.  Lots of possibility.  And someone else who does the organizing and cleaning.

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Cafes and shopping centres are actually quite relaxing too, for all their busyness.  With the children, we all engage in our absolute favorite activity: people watching.  Birdie, whose entire demeanor and energy level screams three year old, can sit quietly for an entire hour in a mall food court, just munching french fries and watching people.  And as long as I don't take him into any stores, because he wants everything (and only experiences relief from the agony of desire is for him to lay in a cart with his eyes closed), he can maintain his calm energy for quite some time. 

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Of course, since I don't have a portable phone, when I'm out, I'm out.  No electronic or social network distractions.  At home... I may be a bit distracted by the laptop.  (I just paused this post to check Facebook.  Maybe a bit more than a little distrac-

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But, right now, the house is a mess, there's dishes to be done (my nemesis) and in 644 square feet there is nowhere for a failed minimalist at home to hide.  So I'm going to take Birdie out for lunch at the food court (where I can now buy vegan grain salads, muffins, sushi, steamed veggies, and smoothies for me and, as always, mexi-fries for the boy) and then swing by to pick Smootch up from school and take us all down to the library.  And I won't bring my phone, because I don't have one, and I won't bring much money, because I don't want to buy anything more than lunch (and I don't have a lot), and I won't bring more than I can carry because I hate pushing around carts and strollers (it's hard to carry my coffee cup). 

Even if I can't be a minimalist in here, I will go be one out there.  With lots of noise, coffee, and busy, racing, drama-filled people texting and shouting at the same time.  And then books.  Lots and lots of books. 

Quite enough.

5 comments:

  1. Love this post. I'm a thrift-store loving person living amidst drifts of books, too. Minimalism is lovely for some. For me, the books are lovely. (Just wish I had enough shelves...)

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  2. I attempted the minimalist lifestyle, but it doesn't really fit me. I find that big empty expanses (i.e. a clean kitchen table) are intimidating and suck the creative energy right out of me. I mean, how could I possible pull out the sewing machine and the fabric and mess up that pristine kitchen table? So much better to just leave it all out so I don't feel guilty making a crafty mess on the clean table.
    And yeah, I hate the dishes too. I think they multiple like bunnies while I am sleeping.

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  3. Great post! Seems like my blogroll is filled with "perfectionists" who have organized, Type-A houses. I feel like such an alien already in a sea of Type-A's.... thanks for being "you" and sharing your life, thrift store finds/ crafts and all!

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  4. As much as I love less sruff...when you are raising half a dozen little ones, there is always stuff. I agree, other peoples clitter free lives are beautiful to look at.

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  5. Yeah for libraries and getting out of the house!

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