I think about this question.
I get asked this question.
But any decluttering progress I’ve made has NOT been because I had an answer to this question.
The best answer is simply, “Less.”
I need less. Or fewer. Whichever is grammatically correct for the situation.
Less refers to something that can’t be counted. Fewer is used when there is a specific number of things. Example: Less water. Fewer cups.
Fewer things. Less stuff.
Things can be counted. But when there are so many things that it becomes stuff, counting is pointless.
I know for a fact that I’ve kept mousse bottle caps because it seemed logical to keep them. When we travel, you need the lid. Lids disappear, so I should be sure I have one.
But I’m not sure I have one. I’m just sure I have more. I can’t have any idea how many I have when the bathroom counter looks like this:
It was on that bathroom counter that I found all FIVE of those caps. Five.
I can count to five, and five is four too many.
But on this counter, I can see if I have one or none or more.
I can see it, so I know. I know if I have enough. Takes away the stress of wondering.
Takes away a lot of stress.
Oh. And yes, I see that hair hanging off one of the caps in the picture at the top of the post. I thought about applying my limited photo-editing skills to remove it. Then I decided it is what it is. I can’t pretend the random mousse bottle caps in the pile of clutter are pristine.