Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Everything I Have

I'm completely fascinated by this poster. Simon Evans took a photo of every item that he owns and catalogued it here in one place. Part of me aches to do this. Would you ever? And doesn't it look neato?

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Blogger Mrs. Lexi said...

That's amazing, but I'm afraid I own way too much stuff to do that! I need to throw some junk out!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 1:03:00 PM EST  
Blogger Susan said...

that is awesome!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 1:04:00 PM EST  
Blogger Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

I'm amazed he was able to fit everything on one poster!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 1:04:00 PM EST  
Blogger handmade charlotte said...

i really love this! but...... there is no possible way! maybe someone else could do it!yeah!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 1:06:00 PM EST  
Blogger Hanna said...

That is cool! But it makes me want to throw away everything I own.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 1:46:00 PM EST  
Blogger Erin said...

Wow -- wouldn't it be cool to do that and find you have only a couple of dozen things?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 1:52:00 PM EST  
Blogger Autumn said...

Poster looks cool but no WAY could I would I ever do that. Too much stuff. I love the blog you recommended-thanks.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 3:37:00 PM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Mrs. Lexi - me too! The whole idea instantly makes me realize how. much. stuff. I own.

Susan - Yes!

Lynn - I agree. Among the American population, I wonder if only a youngish bachelor could fit all his belongings on one poster.

Handmade Charlotte - Can you even imagine? Our books alone would be several posters. And our pantry...

Hanna - I haven't read much about his intentions when he created the piece, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was at least partly an effort to get people to own less. It had the same effect on me.

Erin - That would be a dream!

Autumn - So glad you like The Violet Hours. It's written by one of the writers at Parents Magazine.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 4:01:00 PM EST  
Blogger Meredith said...

It looks amazing! Wouldn't it be fascinating if someone did it repeatedly, over a course of time? Like every 15 years...to see how what you own changes with who you are over time. It would take boat loads of dedication, though. Love the idea.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 4:01:00 PM EST  
Blogger Chic Cookies said...

Brilliant way to contain life!! (I'd have to make my poster OED style, though, with an accompanying magnifying glass)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 4:31:00 PM EST  
Blogger Stina said...

I love it...but I would need a MUCH larger poster...I think any girl would just because of shoes if nothing else :-)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 4:43:00 PM EST  
Blogger erin said...

Oh, there was a simple time in my life when I could have done this easily, but the kids and husband are worth the extra "stuff" that would now make it impossible! (Not to say we couldn't pair down.)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 7:08:00 PM EST  
Blogger mrs boo radley said...

"Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity," says Thoreau.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 8:48:00 PM EST  
Anonymous L said...

I would never do this. A complete and utter waste of time. Someone so creative as this should channel their energies into something that betters humanity. Truly. WTF!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 8:54:00 PM EST  
Blogger liz stanley said...

This is rad

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 1:47:00 AM EST  
Blogger jen said...

hey, i feel like i just did that!
we moved last weekend!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 1:56:00 AM EST  
Blogger Katie Gonzalez said...

thats amazing, i really want to do that, too!!! but maybe get rid of a bunch of stuff first (which would probably be a good incentive!)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 5:38:00 PM EST  
Anonymous WarsawMommy said...

I love that Simon Evans poster; this is totally something I'd do. Then I'd be all shocked at how much stuff I have and go all feng shui on my wardrobe. Then I'd do it again and compare the before and after. Then I'd get all depressed about the clothes and shoes and bags and books and knick-knacks I got rid of and have to go shopping. And the cycle would begin again.

So. Huh. Maybe I shouldn't do this, actually. Save myself a ton of crazy.

Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 3:24:00 AM EST  
Blogger emily ballard said...

There was a time in my life when just about everything my husband and I owned fit in the 14-foot camping trailer we lived in.

Looking at this poster and thinking about all of our current possessions (and subsequent confinement) sure makes me miss that time. . .

Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 3:45:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Liz from Paperbella said...

This is the coolest poster yet!

Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 9:10:00 AM EST  
Blogger heather said...

incredible undertaking...scary thought...and cool image all in one! :-)

Monday, February 22, 2010 at 12:01:00 AM EST  

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