21 January 2011

Hypothetically Speaking...

Today I read about a gorgeous 500-square-foot NYC apartment here, and while it's not exactly my style, I was struck by how much stuff the owners must not have in order to fit into that tiny but immaculate space.

I dig my stuff and shudder at the thought of ever having to pare down into 500 square feet, but imagining that scenario is a great decision-making tool for figuring out what to keep and what to toss or donate. "Would I keep this if I lived in 500 square feet?" Since I would never get to the point of asking that question about the things that I really would keep if I were downsizing to a studio apartment (the true "yes"es are no-brainers), the answer will pretty much always be "no" -- and I need more "no" in my life, at least when it comes to hanging onto clutter.

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