Wannabe Minimalist

Wannabe Minimalist

I’ll admit, I’m a wannabe minimalist. I love the idea of it, the look of it, and the perceived notion of it (calmness). But the problem is, I’m a collector. Not a hoarder, there’s a difference. From what I’ve gathered, collectors get joy from carefully amassing and organizing things whereas hoarders tend to be driven by an overwhelming desire to acquire and the inability to let go of possessions. 

I’m infatuated with the idea of minimalism but I’ll admit, I’m a serious collector, my wife would say hoarder, but I only obtain things that I love and when I do, they have a distinct place in my home or in the garage. I don’t leave things about in a haphazard manner. Take for example, the picture in this post. It’s of my home office and ever-so-gingerly illustrates how I collect and organize my baseball hats. I’ve been collecting hats since I was a kid and have amassed nearly 300 lids that I love and display in my office and on my melon daily. Some say it’s cluttered, and obviously not minimalistic while I say it’s organized clutter and wannabe minimalistic. Minimalism, in my opinion, is pleasant on the eye and conveys a sense of structure that fits one’s lifestyle. I would say that my meticulously organized hat collection gives off a very nice sense of “ahh, yeah”.

Ok, maybe I have a wee bit of OCD, and maybe I feel that everything has its place in life (and in the house), after all, if you put things where they belong you will never struggle to find them. I love organizing, it gives me a sense of calmness and accomplishment that few other things do. That’s why I love to have everything around me organized, especially when I’m on the course. 

Ever wonder why the pros seem so laser focused? It’s because they have freakin’ caddies to organize their shit for them. They don’t have to worry about tees, ball markers, divot tools, etc. It’s just handed to them whenever they need it which, in essence, is organization. We all want to be focused on the course but it’s often difficult with your buddies talking about inane, mindless drivel while in your backswing or a bag full of cluttered junk that disrupts you every time you step on the tee box or on the green. 

Get your shit together wo/man! If you can’t have a personal caddy then get yourself an affordable substitute in the form of a multi-use, utility belt, a fashionable yet functional hat, or a cool clip that holds tees, ball markers, and pencils that you can put on your shirt or anywhere for that matter. These tools will help you stay organized, feel calm, and laser focused on your golf game. And they can help you achieve a sense of minimalism by holding your gear securely in-place and invisibly. 

Get your Byrd on (the aforementioned golf “tools” coming soon). 

BTW, OCD is a serious issue that plagues many, many people. It’s not to be taken lightly and we understand its gravity. But at The Byrd we don’t take ourselves too seriously and we have no problem poking fun at ourselves or anything else for that matter. 

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