We often think we are the inventors of an idea, but I’m a firm believer that we are probably just picking up on a zeitgeist, a generic feeling that is permeating our everyday existence.
I started this year with a clear sense of wanting to simplify my position – letting go of belongings rather than acquiring them. Which is quite an admission for someone who makes their living out of interiors and the business of buying beautiful objects.
I felt it very strongly, and so have been spending a little time each weekend going through the house and identifying items either to give away or sell. Some of this was precipitated by the desire to raise funds for my not for profit foundation Make It Your Business, but some was also just to feel lighter and less burdened by ‘things’.
But clearly I wasn’t alone, as no sooner had I started this process, then I began to be aware of news articles and other social media comments on the same subject. People wanting to feel more agile, free, socially responsible, less wasteful, call it what you will.
Obviously as a planet we need to be very much more in tune with how we use our resources, so I feel I’m doing something positive on both a micro and macro scale, and I also think this might be a turning point in how I feel generally about possessions and perhaps the beginning of a new chapter in my own design journey and ethos – less is more. We’ll have to wait and see.
The net result it appears is that 2019 is going to be the year when people simplify before they amplify. It’s going to be interesting.