Think Small

image by ollesvensson via flickr
    Think small? What are you talking about?! It’s all about thinking BIG nowadays” you may ask. Well yes, but why not to think small sometimes. When comes down to work space or living space we need more and more space but maybe what we need is some declutter process.
    Look around, is there anything you can get rid off? Do we need tons of papers? or maybe we should check those boxes we haven’t opened for last few years? many things we don’t really need but somehow we collect them. Lets start declutter process – I bet at the end of it, we will have more space!
    Did you know that we have 3 times more space than 50 years ago…we should feel much better now. So why we don’t feel better? oh, right because we have more stuff, more things which take that free space. That’s why we are renting storage space and still we feel overwhelmed.

I watched a TEDtalk 2011 video of Graham Hill the founder of eco-blog and vlog TreeHugger and creator of a project, called LifeEdited – a tiny huge design contest. – “Less stuff, more happiness”

Graham asked a question:

Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.

Three rules for editing your life (according to Graham):

  • edit ruthlessly –> clean your space. Things you haven’t used for years – time to let them go! and no, you won’t use those things – you haven’t used them before so yes it’s time to get rid off that. Before you buy new thing – you need to make sure (100% sure) you really really really need that.
  • think small –> do you need 6-burner stow when you need 3? Before buying think how you will storage that item, how much space will you need.
  • make multifunctional –> I like that one: chose things which are multifunctional, thanks to that we can get less things and still have enough.

image by allen.goldblatt via flickr

After watching that video – Think small is not that bad anymore.
How about you? Do you think you might have “a little bit” too much stuff around you?


6 thoughts on “Think Small

  1. Kaludia, aloha. Love that TED talk. Thanks for the clear and compelling manner in which you presented this important topic.

    Klaudia, I am happy to say that I have been an advocate of this for years. For instance, let me tell you about my closet. Years ago, I donated everything that I did not wear on a regular basis unless it was something that I only wear when I go to the mainland. (We have a ver different wardrobe in Hawaii as compared to the mainland.)

    To maintain it, I have a “policy” that if I buy something new, I have to get rid of something in my closet. While originally it used to be a blouse for a blouse or skirt for a skirt, because I have been doing this for so long my closet does not contain “extras.”

    Also, rather than use a big oven, I use only a toaster oven and that works perfectly.

    Yes, Klaudia, let’s spread this oh-so-important message.

    Wishing you a fantastic week ahead. Until next time, aloha. Janet

    1. Aloha Janet, thank you so much for your comment.
      One set of clothes for trips to mainland and another set for islands 🙂 nice

      yes and yes to your system 🙂 I’ve noticed that I don’t like to “collect” too many things so I don’t have that much problem but I have to watch out when comes down to tons of papers – notes,etc. that’s why I pay attention to keep it under control.

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