I have always struggled with the phrase “Less is more.” I suppose I have taken it a bit too literally, thinking, “Less is NOT more. Less is BETTER, in many cases, but it’s not MORE, so why would anyone say that? “
But now, from an organizing perspective, I understand the phrase to mean that the less stuff you have, and the more organized it is, the more easily you can find it, make use of it, and enjoy it. Having access to more of your stuff is better than literally having more stuff buried under other stuff that you don’t even remember you have… right?
Here are some specific examples:
- LESS clothing means your closet isn’t as crammed full, which makes it easier to see what your choices are and easier to put together outfits, resulting in, actually, MORE to wear!
- LESS (fewer) toys, and large-enough, labeled containers, makes them easier to organize and put away, enabling your kids to more easily see what their choices are, resulting in what seems like MORE toys to play with.
- LESS household clutter to distract your eye means you can notice and appreciate MORE of your special collections, artwork, and keepsakes.
- LESS clutter on your desk means you can focus MORE on the task at hand.
- LESS (fewer) items on your Daily To-Do List, chosen from your Master To-Do List, means you can focus on just those tasks and feel MORE of a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.
- LESS stress means you can focus your attention on MORE of the things you want to accomplish and enjoy doing.
- LESS stuff makes you MORE grateful for what you have.
Less clutter. More life. Hmm…this has been my business tag line since 2004. Guess I really knew it all along!
What examples can YOU think of? Please share in the comments below!
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