2020 was the ultimate year of clutter. There was too much BS out there. Too much hatred and fear-mongering, ignorance, stupidity, illness, cruelty and death, so much death. By the end of the year, I had lost my energy, motivation and all inspiration and hope to create a more beautiful world. Now it's 2021 and am recovering from an exhausted state of mind and physically from a cough (not covid) that lingered for over a month. So what am I inspired to do?
I'm going to declutter everything in my life!
First, I watched "Less Is Now" on Netflix which inspired me to start decluttering my everything. Since what I want to do in my studio is still up in the air, I decided to start there. This photo is what I started with - all my jewelry making supplies. Now, all gone - gave away.
Next I took EVERYTHING off my shelves (with the help of my budding artist next door neighbor, Millie).
then, I took everything outside and washed and vacuumed it all clean. Fortunately the weather Gods acted favorably toward us.
Everything got moved back onto the shelves. I went through each drawer and shelf then and pulled out anything I didn't want anymore that I hadn't already removed. I boxed these things up and made inquiries to my artist friends who might want something. Everything I removed has been given away.
My studio feels so much bigger!
Finally I decided to reopen my studio with some work on the Never Ending Painting, this time with tempera paint.
Two weeks ago I joined a 12-week online class called "Uncluttered" offered by Joshua Becker and Becoming Minimalist. For the next 10 weeks and 100 days, I am decluttering every space of my house. I know that with will carry over into other aspects of my well-being.
This is my "Why": I desire to own less so my house can be a clean, beautiful, uncluttered environment where I feel calm, soothed and appreciative of every space and item in it.
My 100 Day Project is to declutter and minimize every space in my house - and in my art making. I want to see what will happen with my art as my physical, mental and emotional spaces are cleared of unnecessary clutter and I hold that intention with making art.
Painting in Portland, Oregon, and writing about it here...