More is often less.
Owning more causes me to overlook or place less value in each object. More also means needing to organize and store more in my home, which makes me feel easily overwhelmed.
I prefer to stay well organized in a thoughtful way. One way I control organization is by analyzing each object I already own or I’m considering to purchase. Understanding it’s value, purpose and place in my home is essential. Setting these expectations helps me maintain the environment I’m the most comfortable in. (I am not here to instruct you to be joyful about each washcloth you own.)
I’m happiest when most, if not all, objects are usable in a calendar year, even if for a special occasion (like the easy to fold-up picnic mat we just purchased from Target for when we go to the park or the pool). For now, not all objects need to be the highest quality, artisan, handmade, American-made, the most costly, or the chicest most “minimal design”. We strive to purchase the quality within our means with the object’s purpose and longevity in mind. This means we may chose the better quality, accepting a slightly higher cost, because we know the object will be used frequently and remain useful in our home for many years.
For example, a few weeks ago, B and I bought only the knives truly needed in our small kitchen for the level of cooking skills we have. Choosing the higher-than-average quality knives causes us to not need to replace them (owning more and spend more money) for years. Because we know their quality, we intend to make them last for a long period of time. This means we take better care to clean and store them properly after every use. Owning less knives over a longer period of time gives them more daily value in our home.
Less is more value.