My Grand, Year Long, Steampunk Experiment
I have a dream. My dream is to have everything I do, wear, and use be an expression of who I am and what I value. I also have a problem with clutter. Herein, I have found a solution to both.
Starting on my birthday, September 19th, 2010, everything I own, purchase, or receive, if it does not already fit within the steampunk aesthetic I have set up for myself, must be given away or modified to fit. An emphasis will be placed on making things myself rather than modifying purchased goods, however. My move at the end of August will clear me out to the bare essentials as it is, so this is not nearly as daunting as it may seem. There will also be an exception made for materials and tools needed to make or modify other things.
My wardrobe (mostly left in the move anyway) will be replaced with one made from thrift store finds, modified to fit the theme, and handmade pieces.
I will structure my time and activities in a way that blends a simpler, more Victorian, appreciation of time well spent with an eye to what truly makes me happy.
This year will be an exercise in mindful living and getting to know:
A. How little I can get along with.
B. The workings of those things I cannot live without.
C. If I can pull this off.
This project will last one year and will extend even to any food I cook, the materials I use for my schoolwork, and the way I structure and spend my days.
The help, support, and encouragement of friends and family will be much appreciated, so wish me luck as I prepare to begin this journey into a life less common, more timeless, and delightfully anachronistic.