“I live in a 420-square-foot studio,” writes Graham Hill in a fascinating New York Times article about living with less. “I sleep in a bed that folds down from the wall. I have six dress shirts. I have 10 shallow bowls that I use for salads and main dishes. When people come over for dinner, I pull out my extendable dining room table. I don’t have a single CD or DVD and I have 10 percent of the books I once did.”

Hill’s happiness grew once he got rid of unnecessary stuff—and the stressors that came with it. We’re actually planning a big cleanse this weekend to prepare for the new baby—organizing closets, donating clothes that don’t fit well, recycling old magazines—and I’m going to keep his words in mind. Getting rid of things is such a satisfying feeling, don’t you think?

P.S. He reminds me of this guy:)

(Illustration by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch)