How to Determine When You have Enough Stuff.

A reader asked me to share about my “processes for determining “enough” for your space – clothing, furniture, etc,” and since I’m in the throes of (thinking about) moving, I figured I’d share what this looks like for me.

My short answer is – you’ll figure out our sweet spot when you start to remove the excess. You’ll probably be surprised by how little you actually use and need compared to how much you have.

When is Enough Stuff Enough?

It depends on several factors that will be unique for each individual and family, including:

– How much space you have. If you have a 5-person family in 800 square feet, you’ll reach your enough point before a single person in a 2,000 square foot home. Simply because you have less place to put that stuff.

– Your clutter tolerance level. Some people have blinders to clutter and it doesn’t bother them, other people get hives when a pile has been sitting on the dining room table for a week. (You can also lower your clutter tolerance level by continually combatting it. How do I know? Personal experience!)

– Whether you get “decision fatigue” or not. What does this mean? For example, if having 30 pairs of shoes overwhelms you, you’ll need less.

Less will Become More.

What’s “enough” today will be “too much” next year because I’m continually reevaluating how much I’d like to have around and enjoying the margin of space around my home.

The cycle goes something like this: Click here to read the full post →

Five Things // On Moving, Preschool, and Hustling vs. Taking it Easy.

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1) The long-awaited grocery store and cafe opened up across the street from us this weekend and we've been 4 times in 5 days. The downstairs is kind of like a small Whole Foods (but locally owned!) that has everything I buy regularly (coconut oil! Amish happy cows butter! tempeh! all the hippie … Click here to read the full post →

5 Signs You Might have House Hunting Addiction.

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We're moving in about three months, which is nice because it gives us lots of time with family and friends before we're lonely and alone and without friends. (I'm feeling dramatic.) Also, time to completely obsess over finding a home. Here are five signs you might also be obsessed with finding a … Click here to read the full post →

Why I Didn’t Like the The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up

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Uh, yep. Have you heard about the New York Times bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? It's gotten rave reviews from all over the place and I had to wait on a long list at the library before getting it. So, with great anticipation, I picked up the book (and the audiobook) and expected … Click here to read the full post →

Theo at Ten Months.

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He: - Is wild. WILD, I tell you! He flings himself off of couches and beds and towards objects that harm him and generally is just CRAZY. The opposite of Gabe (who never climbed on anything until he was, like, three). Cases in point: He climbed onto the couch, then ONTO THE (kids) TABLE next to … Click here to read the full post →

April Update & May Intentions

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Our smushy, comfy couch. [April Update] ROUTINE | Decide what our evenings will look like to minimize the “So, whadaya want to do tonight?” - Yep! It goes like this: We put the kids to bed (I do Gabe, Mike does Theo) Pick up for 10-15 minutes (prep for tomorrow) Talk for 20 minutes (10 … Click here to read the full post →

Why I Take a Social Media Break.

My love-dislove relationship with social media I love and use social media daily. Hourly, really. It's useful, it's fun, and it's full of great, supportive, funny people. The problem is, as a result, I have an acute awareness of what other people's opinions are on any given subject. From … Click here to read the full post →