While I enjoy visiting what I call "girlie" blogs, I also temper it by visiting some very good "minimalist" blogs. I do that in order to keep perspective on the important things in life. It's really ok to have collections. I've certainly had my fair share over the years. It's a fun diversion and can often lead into a career or a life-long hobby. And surrounding yourself with pretty things is ok, too. It's part of what makes us human. It's when we become attached to the "stuff'" of life that we become a bit off-kilter.
I remember when my Mom dropped off all her china, silver, and crystal at my house eons ago. She said, "Here - you take care of it for awhile." I thought she had lost her mind. Now that I am older, her reasoning seems perfectly sound.
One way I practice detachment to my "stuff" is by giving it away. Yep, you heard me correctly. If someone comes to my house and absolutely loves some little decorative item, I give it to them. I figure if they love it that much they should "take care of it for awhile."
Becoming Minimalist is a blog I visit everyday. Yesterday's post how to stop letting advertisers control your life is excellent.
[...]the goal of Madison avenue is to increase our desire – to change our attitude from “that’s extravagant” to “that would be nice” to “I really need that” and finally to “I’ve got to have it.” They are so subtle at their craft that we hardly realize we are being brainwashed. Subconsciously, they take control of our desires, our checkbooks, and our life. read the rest