01 May Time to re-evaluate our possessions
Last month, most of us spend way more time at home than before. At first, I think we all had to find a new routine – working from home surrounded by either our partners, children and so on. After getting as comfortable as possible in this new “normal”, it was time to re-discover our own homes.
Coincidentally, this lockdown started around the beginning of Spring… The sun appeared more frequently and helped keeping up our spirits, but it also seemed the perfect time to re-think our homes and organize our personal space.
“Just like price, quality and value of products determine our shopping behaviour and purchases, they will also define whether or not you’ll keep the item.”
One of the things I noticed doing my share of re-organizing around the house, is the interesting process of deciding whether to keep something or to throw it out. First comes the delightful, surprised re-discovery of the object at issue, followed by the inevitable questions:
“Can it still be used?” and “Will I actually use it?”
They question the practical and the sentimental characteristics of the object. Just like price, quality and value of products determine our shopping behaviour and purchases, they will also define whether or not you’ll keep the item.
On one hand you asses the condition of the object: what is its general state? Is it broken, scratched or in bad shape? This is mostly related to the durability and the quality of the materials used but also to smart design, craftmanship and so on. Usually the higher the quality of the raw materials, the longer the product will last, provided you take care of it of course.
“Some possessions give us a sense of support and security,
while others serve as markers of memorable moments.”
On the other hand you look at what the object means to you – its emotional value. Does it remind you of a special moment, place or person? Sometimes the most humble everyday object can have a great significance and be part of our life history. Some possessions give us a sense of support and security, while others serve as markers of memorable moments. We tend to collect these items and have a hard time disposing of them.
For me personally, these two aspects are often intertwined. Most possessions that survived the COVID-reorganisation were made both with beautiful and rich materials and hold great value to me. I’m talking about pieces of art, clothing, jewellery, design, and yes even some gadgets.
While I was going through my cufflink collection, my son came up to me in panic and told me that he wanted to keep them. He was afraid I was going to get rid of some of my first designs and he didn’t want to see that happen… Luckily I wasn’t planning to. The combination of gold, diamonds and remembering the launch of my own brand, makes these cufflinks some of my most precious belongings.
I have a profound desire to apply this lesson to more than just my material possessions.
At every moment in our lives, we should surround ourselves with genuine quality and value.
Were there ever truer words for the unique times we are living through right now?