Simple Tricks To Minimal Living

How to get rid of stuff

Stuff is the bane of my existence and it should be yours too. Let's face it, we have stuff. Lots of stuff. Stuff that we never use. Stuff that was a waste of money when you bought it, were gifted it or just somehow ended up with it. Stuff that is, was and always will be just landfill filler.

That's a problem.

No, really. That's a problem for you, me and the Earth. The amount of disposable goods with planned obsolescence is grotesque. But getting rid of it isn't easy. I mean, I may just use that panini maker soon - I know it'll work it was only used once, five years ago.  

This problem is solvable though. But it takes acknowledging that our accumulation of junk has been programmed into us by advertisers and corporate greed. To live less cluttered requires the ability to acknowledge that most things can be tossed without ever really having much of an impact - if any at all - to our overall lives.

Recent cultural shifts have started to move away from a lifestyle of clutter with a push for things like tiny houses and Marie Kondo. One way we can all get closer to living with less stuff is small design changes that act as little tricks that force our hands.

While dieticians have tricks like eat on smaller plate, or cut your food into more pieces to trick the brain into consuming less; I believe interior designers have tricks of their own that can be quickly and easily implemented. And Patrick Cain Designs embraces them so you can too.

Rule 1:

Don't hide, chide.

If you put it out of sight, out of mind, you never have to face the fact that we even have a problem. The more drawers we have the more junk drawers we end up with. Using tables that show your warts help you deal with the fact y'all got warts.

At our most entry-level side table, with the Frisco Cube, (and most of our line) there is no place to hide anything. You can store things on the top, but that's it. When you go minimal like this, you are signing a contract to yourself to let less hang around.


Rule 2:

Store out in the open.

Okay, so we may need to keep a few things tucked away, I get it. I do it too. But be honest about it. If we store things behind a door, it's going to be crammed to the limits waiting to burst out as soon as the door opens. Keep it organized and in plain sight. The Kinderhook side table is the next step up from the Frisco and gives a second bottom shelf that is great for, say, stacking books or magazines in the living room.

Rule 3:

Be honest.

Have you used it lately? Can you use something else you have to get the same job done? Did you even remember where the product was or that you even owned it? Thinking like that may help you realize that you can part ways with the pineapple corer because after all, you probably have a knife in the kitchen that does a darn good job at cutting up a pineapple in a similar way to how people have eaten the tropical fruit for, well, thousands of years.