Trash or Treasure?

Before we began pulling up the carpet in the classroom/studio, I did some decluttering.  Moving around too much stuff during home improvement projects is no fun at all!

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Some items are harder to make decisions about than others…like old art journals.  These are a few of the first pages I made when I started making art again about a decade or so ago.  Probably longer ago than that.

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Honestly, more scrapbooking or therapy than actual art, but they were a way to start playing with the idea of fitting art into my life again.  I drew and made stuff all the time as a kid.  I majored in art and creative writing in college.  When I graduated I packed away or got rid of my art stuff.  Art was not really valued in my family and I suppose I felt like it was time to become a “grown-up” and put away “childish” things.

I buried the need to create by doing tons of “art” with my kids once I had them and taking on whatever creative projects that presented themselves:  newsletters, Vacation Bible School, fliers, bulletin boards, etc.

Then came these first art journal pages.

So, that brings me back to the original question:  Trash or treasure?  These decisions are difficult and exhausting mentally for me. I love these pages because they remind me how far I’ve come.  I started creating art and have definitely come a long way from these humble pieces.  Not as far as I’d like, but making progress nonetheless.  Do I keep them as reminders, or ditch them and move on.  If they are out on a shelf, it’s unlikely that I’ll look at them again for another 10 years, if ever.  Oh, and I’ll have to dust them.  We’ve already established that I don’t like cleaning house!  If I pack them away, I’ll have to make room to store them somewhere and will eventually end up moving the box  from here to there several times.  If I throw them away, will I regret it or feel “lighter” from no longer having to care for them.

Thus far, I haven’t regretted getting rid of anything.  I just feel relief that it’s going away.

And, the decision is (drum roll please) – no decision at all right now.  They are stacked in the hallway.  There are about 30 total and I just can’t make a decision.  I’m leaning towards going through them and keeping the best pages and pitching the rest.

I did pitch a full trash bag of other stuff, donated a box of stuff, and sold 8 bags of books.

Muddling my way through one thing at a time.

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Kelly Barrow @ Faithacre Studio View All →

Visual artist playing with collage, assemblage and whatever else I imagine. Homemaker and homeschooling Mom of four children aged 10 to 24. Ready to fully embrace life and leave regret and fear behind. Each new day is an opportunity to love, create and live with intention...

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