Did you ever think that having less stuff might actually make you happier? In his TED Talk “Less stuff, more happiness,” writer and designer Graham Hill demonstrates the benefits of leading an “edited” life.
Hill explains how less stuff and less space equals a smaller footprint, more money saved, and more happiness. Overall, he believes having less stuff makes you feel more at ease and less stressed. Here are Hill’s three rules for editing your life:
- Edit ruthlessly. People need think about whether or not that item will make them happy before they buy it. We need to clear out the things we don’t use anymore and leave the stuff that makes us happy.
- Think small. Think about space efficiency and finding items that nest and stack. Digitize what you can to create more space.
- Multifunctional spaces and housewares. Buy a small table that can fold out to seat ten, or a toilet that doubles as a sink. Multifunctional spaces
To further the conversation on the benefits of an edited life, Hill founded a website called LifeEdited to show how people can live large in small spaces. LifeEdited sprouted from his desire to transform his 420 square foot New York City apartment into 1,000 square feet of functionality. Hill wanted to be able to hold dinner parties for 12, sleep 2 overnight guests, and have a home office and home theater. With his background in sustainability, he also wanted his apartment to be built in an environmentally responsible manner.
To make his dream a reality, Hill enlisted the help from crowd-sourcing platform Jovoto and marketing firm Mutopo and together they launched a contest to design his space. Over 300 entries were submitted and the winning design came from two Romanian architecture students who helped transform his edited space into a functional, multi-purpose apartment.
Check out photos of his NYC apartment below, or visit LifeEdited to view the complete gallery.
Photos: Matthew Williams for LifeEdited