A true gentleman knows that clutter and disorganization are two of the key ineffectual habits that inhibits productivity. As individuals who still enjoy the grandeurs of life, a modern approach to the acquisition of items needs to be taken in order to reduce the stress associated with a large amount of possessions.
Accumulating a plethora of goods has become a typical status quo of what it means to be a purveyor of success. As previous curators of anything collectible, we too once felt the incessant need to purchase additional items in order to find the temporary boost of contentment from the ownership of something fresh. Unfortunately, this feeling is fleeting and is not an interminable path to elation, so an avant-garde alternative would be to change your personal definition of collecting.
Instead of collecting mass amounts of items, resolve to procure only the upscale, precious items that virtuosos appreciate. Eliminating the cursory enjoyment you receive from constant purchases, delve into the realm of collecting significant, unforgettable pieces that any connoisseur would appreciate. Whatever you are collecting and find value from, commit to downsizing the collection to fund the acquisition of the items of most magnificence in that particular sector. Seemingly counter-intuitive, this instead enables you to relinquish items that are not as pivotal to your curation of items and enables you freedom of space to really appreciate the nonpareil items that others will admire.
An example of the conceptualization of this divergent idea can pertain to a gentleman’s watch collection. There is a functional limitation of only needing to wear a singular watch on one’s wrist at any given moment. Therefore, downsizing a collection of 12 watches would potentially allow for the purchase of higher-end watches with stronger value propositions. Having three impressively expensive, high-quality watches would instead enable one the ability to upgrade into the grandeur of a connoisseur’s collection of opulence instead of a huge collection of clutter.
In your pursuit of an unparalleled, condensed collection you will understand that in almost all collecting habits there is always a better item that is perhaps more expensive or exclusive. This truth enables you to still find deep enjoyment in the hobby of collecting but in a different contemporary way. With the example of watches, you are limited to three high-end solid watches. The pleasure derived from this collecting process is from the choices made on what items can remain and which ones must be removed. Frequent upgrades are possible in this collecting style which will not take away the euphoria experienced from the purchase of new, fresh products. Being concise with your collection means removing items to fund or upgrade new ones; enabling you to attain items you never thought was possible.
Frankly, being a minimalist takes discipline, and being an austere gentleman who is rigid on his accumulation of possessions requires onerous decisions that are not natural to many. Due to factors such as the eminence of social media, many see the accumulation of large quantities as an indication of success. In reality though, the upkeep of titanic collections leads to unnecessary stress stemmed from living a profligate lifestyle. In your journey of cultivating your gentleman persona, you also need to cultivate your collecting habits to be concise, prestigious, and significant. Many minimalists will advocate for the total abandonment of any type of collecting habits, but we believe that fulfillment can come from items if they are invaluable to you. The negative term hoarder comes from the idea of uncontrollable, habitual collecting, so find the items that are most pivotal in your collection to ensure you are viewed as the prestigious gentleman that has a keen eye to the majestic splendors of the world.