Less isn’t more; just enough is more – Milton Glaser
Most people do, have and say too much. Schedules are too crowded, and vacations go unused. Closets are bursting, and items spill out into all corners of the house. Emails are lengthy, and conversations ramble.
Doing less, having less, and saying less is generally good advice.
But we don’t want to prune, de-clutter and edit just to get to less. We still need to pursue our goals, be thoroughly stocked and get our point across.
So, it’s not about less; it’s about just enough. Do just enough to honor your commitments and accomplish your personal goals. Have just enough to take care of your needs and bring beauty and joy into your environment. Say just enough to share your message.
Where do you need to do less? Where do you need to do more?
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I am preparing our weekend house for sale, and this requires a lot of decluttering. I’m sure you’ve experienced a big clean-out, where you finally notice how much stuff you’ve accumulated. It’s very cathartic to get rid of the non-essential, to proactively decide that you want to make space for something, to realize your circumstances have changed and you no longer need or want something. The feeling might not be one of perfection, but it is one of freedom.
What can you get rid of – in your home, in your wardrobe, in your daily routine, in your diet, in your work?