More thoughts on curating

More thoughts on curating

A few days ago, I mentioned my new desire not just to organize or clean or DIY or decorate, but to truly curate my home, my life, my heart.

And I’ve been thinking…what does this desire extend toward? What areas of my life could be influenced by my plan to curate instead of consume? I mentioned my books and DVDs already, those are probably the most obvious. Then, of course there’s other clutter…clothes, shoes, jewelry, blankets, linens, dishes, knickknacks. It might even include personal care items, cleaning supplies and other things tucked away in closets. What about my pantry? The food I eat?

And what about my thousands of digital photographs? Music files? Files in general?

And, um, does it include less concrete items, like my education, experiences, travels, relationships? The way I spend a Saturday morning or a Monday evening?

What about my faith? Grace? Growth?

And what, exactly, should be my standard for curating? Enjoyment? Peace? Excellence? Beauty? Truth?

What about my new word for the year: “Singleness of Heart”? Is that my standard for curating?

Sunrise at the oceanfront.

It brings to mind a verse I have hanging over my desk… “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” – Phil. 4:8

Is there any part of my life that this idea would not utterly transform?

Curator or Consumer?

Curator or Consumer?

Think of yourself as a curator, rather than a consumer.I saw a quote recently that got me thinking…am I living as a curator or consumer? And if I want to be a curator, what does that mean? What areas of my life would that touch?

The fact is, I DO want to be a curator. I want to be surrounded with intentionality, not just stuff. STUFF needs to go, so LIFE can be lived in our home.

What first comes to mind are my book and DVD collections… I’ve been working on these for the past year, regularly going through my shelves and purging anything I won’t read again, anything I wouldn’t recommend to others, and anything I don’t intend to share with our children whenever we have them. It was a good start.

I kept on at the DVDs, pulling anything that we rarely watched, didn’t thoroughly enjoy, or wouldn’t recommend to others. Again, it was a good start.

But is that enough to truly be considered curating?

Doesn’t curating take even more care and precision than that?

According to dictionary.com to curate means to “take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit)” or “to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation”. I like those definitions, and my start is a good one, but not enough.

If I’m truly to curate my books, shouldn’t I keep only the best? Only the most excellent? And shouldn’t my DVD collection be comprised of those movies I find most wonderful? Most inspiring? Most entertaining?

I think I have some work to do…