Noun: the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements
In business, the thought goes that if you aren’t growing, you’re shrinking. I think this principle applies to the rest of life, as well - especially in the things we own.
We’ve got a hard time reaching a homeostasis for stuff.
While 95% of the time we’re rapidly accumulating this stuff, the rest is spent trying to purge ourself of it with the help of yard sales, Craigslist, and curbs. Although I’m something of an aspiring minimalist, it’s becoming to seem like little more than an equal and opposite reaction to all this stuff.
So rather than trying to add or remove all the time, I’m taking an honest inventory of what I’ve got and attempting to get it to a point of homeostasis. Through this, my hope is that instead of a 95/5 split of adding and purging that I’ll reach an more manageable middle point, only adding new things where old ones no longer do the job.
About this inventory, as it’s a pretty huge undertaking I’ve developed a system for creating it, only including things that:
- Are worth more than five bucks
- Have some sentimental value
- Take up a meaningful amount of space
The one thing I’m not yet certain about is just how I should record everything. Bento seems like it would’ve been a great tool, but since it’s been discontinued, I’m considering everything from a simple spreadsheet to FileMaker. Your suggestions and recommendations are welcome.