If you’re not comfortable with the idea of letting go of your excess stuff and having to declutter everything you don’t need or use, then I’ve a smart alternative for you.
It is based on the principle of perception.
The principle says, “What is more important than reality is the perception of reality.”
Some people own less items than others, yet when you enter their house you feel that it is cluttered, not organized and chaotic, and vice versa.
Here’s how your home can be perceived as organized and decluttered while in fact you own more items than others expect.
I learned that alternative from a book called The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda.
Here’s the idea:
“Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.”
If you organize things that have similar functions and assign them a home (a place where they are stored), this home will look like one item. So you will end up with fewer homes that give the perception of a decluttered space.
You simply turn many scattered items into fewer homes.
If you organize your home so that you own fewer homes, rather than fewer stuff, then you will have a perceived decluttered home without actually decluttering.
But remember, decluttering should be your first and best choice. Use this alternative ONLY if you don’t feel like or stuck with decluttering.
What do you think of the idea of having fewer homes rather than fewer stuff?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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