The Zen of Junk

The obstacle is the path

Source: Roy G.V.

Contrary to what the media and a myriad of junk removal, de-clutter, and get-organized companies will tell you, some people like a little junk in their living spaces.

Books piled high on a curios-cluttered coffee table; packing boxes marked “STORAGE” vying for space with a split ottoman in the corner of the living room; a spare bedroom where the bed never sees the light of day from the constant clothes sorting… you get the picture? This is all good for many of us. Perfectly acceptable. Nothing to feel embarrassed about.

Why? Because it’s our stuff, of course! And what is ours is important to us. Most real junk lovers fall into the following groups:

  •  Those seeking that lived-in, messy feel that reminds them of the comforts of growing up in a big family
  • People who eschew the minimalist look at all costs because it makes them feel naked and emotionally barren
  • Shopping addicts who can’t resist a bargain
  • The majority of us who have an emotional attachment to everything from the little English monogrammed beret we wore in primary school to the dust-laden broken manual typewriter so popular as antique décor in the eighties

While harboring a little junk to beef up your comfort zones may be acceptable, is this the ideal for living? Or can we find a balance between minimalist and messy?

I contend that true junk zen may be achieved somewhere in the middle.

Consider the following scenario. You throw a party and invite all your friends. The theme is The Zen of Less Junk. Note:  friends are important when you’re about to part with emotionally-charged stuff – you’ll need their support!

Choose one room and have at her. The golden rule:  only the stuff you use regularly, require to survive (or look good) remains.

With the household items and furniture you need, the room becomes a mecca of functionality. One decorative shelf perched on the wall displays personal momentos. Items that fall into the golden rule category, which you have no space for, are reserved for neat and tidy storage, elsewhere. Everything else is turfed or sent to charity.

A clean, tidy, proud (see momentos on the wall!) room. Now that’s enlightenment!

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Tania Venn is Director, PR for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Her other responsibilities include leading the PR team for WOW 1Day! Painting and You Move Me. In her spare time Tania enjoys the outdoors, hiking in summer and skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Tania can be found on Google+ and LinkedIn.

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