Pre-thinking:

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.

Why you should listen:

Graham Hill is the founder of LifeEdited, dedicated to helping people design their lives for more happiness with less stuff. When he started the company in 2010, it brought the ideas of his previous project, the eco-blog and vlog TreeHugger.com, into design and architecture. (

Before Treehugger, Hill studied architecture and design (his side business is making those cool ceramic Greek coffee cups). His other company, ExceptionLab, is devoted to creating sustainable prototypes — think lamps made from recycled blinds and ultra-mod planters that are also air filters.

Who is he:

Graham Hill is the founder of LifeEdited, dedicated to helping people design their lives for more happiness with less stuff. When he started the company in 2010, it brought the ideas of his previous project, the eco-blog and vlog TreeHugger.com, into design and architecture. (The TreeHugger team joined the Discovery Communications network as a part of their Planet Green initiative, and Hill now makes appearances on the green-oriented cable channel.)Hill is the author of Weekday Vegetarian, available as a TED Book on Amazon and Apple’s iBooks.

Questions:

  1. Do you have a box of “stuff” somewhere? What’s in it? Would you give it up without looking inside? Why? Why not?
  1. Map out your present living space. Design a smaller but better alternative.
  1. Besides cost-saving why might smaller be better?
  1. Describe how one thing can do the function of two or more things in your life?

Less stuff, more happiness with Graham Hill

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