Less is more
I truly believe less is more.
Some could argue that, less is less, and more is more. That’s true, too, from a different perspective.
In a more accurate way to say, less on A means more on B. A and B are mutually exclusive, and there is no intersection (borrowing a math term). Here are some examples:
- Less on spending means more on saving.
- Less on clutter means more on living space.
- Less on junk food means more on healthy living.
- Less on talking means more on thinking and doing.
- Less on whining means more on gratefulness and happiness.
Here comes down to the key question we are facing every day: which is more important to you, A or B?
Another question is: How much is less? Less to what extent? Everybody has his/her own definitions.
I’m not a minimalist. I admire the people who choose to live a minimal lifestyle. That’s very courageous. As of today, I still have the cable TV, and we each have our own favorite channels. I mainly watch football, sometimes soccer and documentary.
99 pairs of shoes:
I used to have a coworker. She moved over to Ohio from another state. Before the moving, she already threw quite a lot of stuff. At the end, she said she still had 99 pairs of shoes. To her, it’s already quite a downsize. I respect her choices.
How many pairs of shoes do you have? I have less than 9. That’s pretty much what I keep all those years. Of course, it doesn’t include the indoor slippers.
It would be tough to manage the 99 pairs of shoes. Where do you put them? I guess you could put each into the box, and stack the boxes. But, how do you know what you have? Color label them? Or use the database to keep track of them?
Probably you need a shoe closet with tons of shelves? If shoes occupy your closet, where should your clothes go to? Quite a daunting task to me.
How much did the 99 pairs of shoes cost? Assuming each pair cost $40, that would be the total of $3,960.
How many times would each pair be touched every year? Assuming you wear only one pair of shoes every single day, then the annual average usage for each pair would be 365 days / 99 pairs = 3.7 days/pair.
Do you keep wearing the shoes till its last day? For most of my shoes, I won’t stop wearing them unless they are holed out. What’s the lifetime for a pair of shoes, if you keep wearing them every day? Probably 8 months? That would be 240 days/pair.
How long could the 99 pairs of shoes last? That would be 240 days/pair * 99 pairs = 23,760 days. That is 65 years!
What does it mean? If you are 30 years old now, and have 99 pairs of shoes, you have stocked all the shoes you need to the age of 95. Congratulations! You don’t have to worry about the shoe store bankruptcy anymore.
Simple is good:
I have one house, only one. Getting the 2nd house? Not me. I don’t’ have the extra money, and don’t need the maintenance hassle. I try to minimize the effort spent on the house. On the other hand, I don’t want to rent. Yes, renting is low maintenance. But, it’s more comfortable to live under my own roof, and in my own terms.
I have only one car. I can’t live without a car, as I need the freedom to go anywhere I like to, as long as I can still drive. Owning a second car? No, thank you.
I don’t buy much stuff, unless it’s really needed. But if I have bought it, I keep using it. 13 years ago, I bought a treadmill. It cost $450. Most of the time, I walk outside. But when the weather is bad, the treadmill is used as a backup. It eliminates my excuse of not walking. The treadmill is still in a good shape.
It’s good to get rid of stuff, if you are very sure you don’t need them anymore. But, it happened to me sometimes, I threw the stuff away, and later found out I need it. I won’t necessarily buy it again, but feel bad for throwing away useful stuff. That’s probably how the clutter grows.
Less is more. It’s easier to be said than done, especially when it comes to spending versus saving. That’s why the credit card business keeps growing. It’s good for those banks, but bad for the consumers who are stuck in debt. At the end of the day, what matters the most are the well beings of yourself and your loved ones. Do what is right for you.
In the spirit of Less is more, I tried to make this post shorter.
Do you believe less is more, or less is less?