In the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the pesky Goldilocks is able to quickly find the bowl of porridge, chair, and semi-firm mattress that all meet her definition of just right. Granted, she has a limited set of options from which to choose, but she loves her choices so much that she is blissfully able to drift off to sleep in a den of BEARS at the end of her decision-making day.
In my life — thankfully without much threat of deadly wildlife mauling me — I struggle to find that point of just right with everything. How many pairs of jeans, shoes, spare rolls of toilet paper, rechargeable batteries, and baby bottles should I own? How much time should I spend working, socializing, sleeping, and exercising to feel my best? Is my house too small for my family’s changing needs?
Determining the just right amount of physical goods has proven to be easier than determining the less concrete attributes of life, and so I wanted to share my methods with you. The following is how I decide the perfect amount of goods for my space and my life:
- How much space can I commit to storing this type of good?
- How much space do I want to commit to storing this type of good?
- Will I use all of it before it expires and/or becomes outdated and/or my brand loyalty changes?
- Do I have enough (or too much) to get me through to my preferred cleaning schedule? (For example: Do I have enough pairs of socks to last me between laundry days? Am I putting off laundry until it gets out of control because I have too many pairs?)
- Do I need or want this item at all?
- How much time, money, and energy will I save in the future if I have more than one of these in my space?
- What will I do if I run out?
- Would having more or less of these items improve my quality of life?
Regardless of how good a deal is, I stick to this method of determining just right. What method(s) do you use? Tell us about it in the comments.