Six years ago we sold everything we had, leaving us with two suitcases and two laptops. Only six boxes with books and photos were stored with family. It was so liberating, free and light. I didn’t know I could be so not materialistic. I always presumed that I was a child of the western society and I needed to buy stuff in order to survive.
Now six years later I realise that, yet again, I gathered a lot of stuff and it feels heavy and suffocating. Therefore Wout and I agreed to get rid of everything again, so all our possessions fit in a small van. Wout’s eyes lit up, because he is feeling the heaviness too. Especially after we decided to live a year in Britain and a year in Spain. I am even thinking about selling all my books too. I became a fan of digital reading and audiobooks, which are perfect when you are working in the studio.
I used to get “happy” from buying and possessing cool stuff. Most of us have this underlying desire to buy things. It stems from fears and insecurities, I think, but it is exploited by corporations and advertising. Advertising is designed to get us to desire more, to want to buy. And because it works so well, we end up buying way, way more than we need. Just like I did.
We want to be more mobile again. It also fits in our design and life philosophy. Everything we design is stripped down to get to the pure form. We don’t do embellishments or slap on decorations. We like honest, uncluttered shapes and that doesn’t reflect in our life situation at the moment.
Six years ago we learned that getting rid of stuff is is far more rewarding and liberating than buying new stuff. The streak of happiness also lasts far longer. So yet again we are working hard to eliminate clutter to get back to the bare essentials.
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