OK - I completely understand decluttering. But are there benefits to simplifying beyond even that? For example: In my kitchen cabinet I have two nested stacks of mixing bowls - one ceramic, one steel. If I want to whip up cornbread, I have my choice of oh, say, ten different bowls. I also have a small stack of pretty glass serving bowls for holidays.
I have plenty of cabinet space, they're out of sight on a nifty pull-out shelf. They stow away neatly. No problem...
Yet, my kitchen is a freaking mess. Constantly. So is the rest of the house. We just up-sized and have tons of storage (for the first time in my life!). And it's a disaster.
I have a growing suspicion that if I only had three bowls, I'd keep re-using them and have less mess. And if I only had four coffee mugs, we wouldn't lose them all over the house. But the part of me that's always been in cramped spaces is so glad to have my STUFF handy!
Those of you who embrace minimalism, preach to me!