The Holy Shit Rule

There’s a quote I run across every now and then, attributed to William Morris: “Have nothing in your house which you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” I like it a lot, because it’s a pretty solid guideline to use when decluttering or trying to choose what to acquire.

I applied it a few years ago to my tshirts (I have a tragically enormous collection of them, most of which I do not wear), but in a somewhat different form: “Buy only those tshirts which make you say holy shit that is amazing.”

Since then I’ve done the same with books (I did a purge of my to-read shelf and only kept books I actually still wanted to read, and I only buy books that make me say holy shit I want to read that right now).

And now I’m looking at expanding it to comics.

A couple years ago I walked into my local comic shop and asked if they had Chris Hastings’ Fear Itself title (Deadpool’s story in the huge Fear Itself crossover). They did, and soon they introduced me to a TON of other comics, and to the idea of having a subscription to a comic.

Well, now I have a SERIOUSLY long subscription list at my local shop, and it has come to my attention that I am not actively psyched about half the titles I’m buying. WTF, self?

So, new rule for comics: if seeing it in my stack of subscriptions isn’t holy shit I can’t wait to read this, I’m dropping it. Even if I feel kind of guilty or like a bad fan or whatever. It makes no sense to buy non-useful stuff I’m not excited about (I love comics, but they aren’t useful the way a can opener is. I don’t have to be psyched about a can opener to buy it, I just need to need a can opener).

On the bright side, every time I apply the “only things that make me say holy shit” rule, it improves the awesome:meh ratio of stuff in my immediate vicinity. That improves my general life experience as I live day to day, and that is awesome.

Holy shit is it awesome.

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6 Responses to The Holy Shit Rule

  1. Starr says:

    So what makes your “holy shit” list so we know what we may want to read?

    • Ealasaid says:

      WTF, I wrote a reply and posted it and now it’s gone. ARGH!

      Anyway. The list:

      Avengers Assemble
      Captain Marvel
      Chew (trades only)
      Deadpool (the main Marvel Now run plus any other things he shows up in)
      Hawkeye
      Inhuman (when it starts)
      Pretty Deadly (when it starts)
      Scott Pilgrim hardcovers
      Six-Gun Gorilla (a miniseries of 6 issues, almost done)
      X-Men

      Normally I’m not an X-Men fan, but the current storyline is really good and focusing heavily on Storm, who is awesome. Yay!

  2. Ellen says:

    Oh brilliant! I’ve already sort of created this rule for myself a few years back only I didn’t name it half as awesomely as you did. I just decided that if I wasn’t excited about it I wasn’t going to spend money on it ’cause then that money was wasted. And since I’m /broke/ I do NOT want to waste money! :) It has significantly raised my pleasure on things I spend money on and reduced my guilt when I do spend it.

  3. Alyson says:

    I like this rule. I tried to apply it, and several other decluttering “rules,” a few years ago and had no luck. With the prospect of major downsizing in the next 4-5 months I need to do something.

  4. silfrsmith says:

    I think this is a most excellent rule!