i am currently enjoying my first-ever “stay-cation.” after intentionally spending as much as time as possible with my two young children over the christmas holiday, i am finally ready to venture into some projects around the house: some maintenance and some minimalizing. this morning: the storage room downstairs that we never completely finished during our first sweep.
i started on the workbench area with my tools. as i began sorting out my tools to minimalize and organize, i was surprised to see that i own four hammers. yeah, four hammers! and to add insult to injury, they are all the same size.
although i didn’t know that i owned exactly four (one was found in a very old box with some tools in it that i forgotten), i do know how the collection of the four occurred. when i was younger (and much less-handy), i simply purchased the cheapest hammer that i could find (usually in a clearance bin at a home improvement store). however, as my expertise grew and the size of my projects grew, i would purchase a hammer one step up from my previous one. over 15 years, i have purchased 4 different hammers – each one nicer than the last.
and now there are four hammers cluttering up my workspace… actually, there were four hammers cluttering up my workspace.
solution – take pride in my purchases. if i really need to purchase an item, then i need to purchase an item that will last. if i had begun my hammer collection with a high-quality hammer, i would have had less clutter on my workbench (and probably an extra $25 bucks in my pocket).