This is going to be my first non-UX post in a while. Back to some personal stuff with this one.
This week there’s a lot of talk about “Living with Less”, perhaps kicked off by the NYT piece: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/opinion/sunday/living-with-less-a-lot-less.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&.
http://www.paulgraham.com/stuff.html (resurfaced; originally published in 2007).
So, I did a thought exercise. Looked around my apartment. Thought about things I could cut out…
1) Couches (use the chairs from the dining table when needed)
2) Don’t have a TV, but that would be next
3) Miscellanea: Flower pots, candles, photo frames, random art, nerf guns, etc. To be far, this stuff is largely personal and helps my place feel more like home. But, it is stuff.
4) Fitness: Dumbbells, bench, chin up bar. I suppose if I went to the gym, I wouldn’t need to have this at home.
5) Wine racks / wine / other alcohol - I could just get what I need when I need it.
6) Bedding for when people visit
7) Other stuff
Fortunately, living in San Francisco virtually dictates that I live in a small apartment. So there’s not a lot of space to begin with. I moved a desk into storage along with some other stuff.
So, where did this thinking lead me? I have a decent amount of ‘stuff’. But a lot of this stuff is also what makes me feel at home.
The next logical question, “Is that habit or the way things have to be?” In other words, am I just used to having a lot of stuff? Maybe I’d feel at home in a place with less stuff once I gave it time.
Curious if anyone else who’s not writing some major article about this topic has some experience with experimenting with the space and stuff around them.