Friday, May 11, 2007

Less is More

When the bulk trash pickup was postponed from last week to this, every day I had to look at four toilets lined up on the sidewalk across the street from me at the house that's being remodeled. The longer the pickup was postponed, the more I wanted to throw things away.

So out it went.

I threw away huge boxes that computer monitors came in, a five foot tall teddy bear I've had for 25 years, a huge leather chair and ottoman out of my bedroom (too big!). I went through closets, and threw away luggage that's now too heavy for airline regulations, and paintings! Yes! Paintings whose energy I no longer wanted around me. Could I have painted over them, yes. Did I want to? No. Out in the trash!

I went through the bathroom cabinets and threw away a hundred tiny bottles of hotel shampoo and conditioner, cosmetic bags, old medicine, Qtips, bars of old soap. Why do I have six curling irons, anyway? I haven't used one in years!

By the time the trash collectors came around this afternoon I had looked in every hiding place for more things to add to the pile.

What a sight when the toilets were picked up by giant steel jaws, and crushed into porcelain fragments on the way to the landfill.

Besides that I have prepped 14 sheets of paper for the continuing series of photo paintings, maybe more in the Spa series.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Purging is Great! Yea for you- as a wise woman has always said to me time and time again-"More is not always better" Congrats on the next set of Art Looking forward to seeing the outcome

Kilroy_60 said...

And he laughed...
and laughed...

Great stuff. I need to arrange to have you spend a day in The Writing Nook.

I was pleased to include you in the most recent edition of A Hitchhiker's Guide...

Wanted to ask if you'd contribute to my Getting to know you post? I hope it would be enjoyable for you as well.

Magenta said...

Good for you! A good clear out is sometimes what we need!

Walker said...

Yes! Purging is great. I'm still doing it!

Kilroy, I'd take you up on your offer, but I'm not sure how to contribute. Robin