As I often do when arriving in a city, I googled “the best menswear shop.” The all knowing forces of the internet assured me that a particular shop in a gentrifying part of town was a carefully curated collection of the finest in men’s apparel. I searched it out.
It turned out to be a hipster store that carried selvedge denim jeans, ranging in price from the merely costly at two hundred dollars a pair, to the pricey at over three hundred. All carefully curated. Because all hipster shops are carefully curated. BTW—I passed on the jeans, went to Nordstrom Rack, dug down in a pile of generic jeans, and came up with a pair of Agave’ raw denim, small loom, White Oak Mill, (all this was on the tag), jeans, retailing at three hundred dollars, marked down as a returned for fifty-one. And they fit.
That’s one of the keys to curating—you only keep what fits.
There was a time when only museums had curators. Now everything is curated, carefully selected, paired with like things that fit. Wine lists are carefully curated. Restaurants curate their food from the freshest sources. We curate our homes. Thoughtfully. Intentionally. With an eye to what fits. And all of the curating creates an easier, more efficient life. You need to be a curator of your life.
I looked at the shelves behind my desk and asked myself, “What do I need to keep?” The shelves are running over with memorabilia, and things that have just caught my eye of the years. Some of it has been given to me by people that are meaningful to me. Some of it has been given to me by people that I have long forgotten. I picked up a piece of sea glass that I collected on a sunny south Florida beach and thought, “I’ve got to keep this.” Along with a number of lions, eagles, and owls that have some meaning to me. Have you caught the idea that curating is separating what is meaningful from what is not?
SIDE BAR—A hyper-spiritual woman once looked askance at my owl collection, and asked me if I didn’t know that there was a teaching to indicated that owl figurines are often indwelt by demons? I assured her that my owls were all Holy Ghost owls. Today I would add that they are carefully curated Holy Ghost owls.
What’s meaningful on your life? What do you need to keep? What do you need to get rid of? Because we all allow clutter to accumulate, and often the clutter keeps us from moving forward in life. Join me “Behind The Door” and I’ll show you how to clear the clutter and curate your life. You’ll be glad that you did.