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  • Nazanine Eslamdoust

3 is a magic number

Updated: Aug 10, 2022

Today, I want to give you a simple but very efficient tip to help you with the process of transforming your environment.

You know that exhaustion you feel when you get home?

Well, that’s the physical clutter!

It’s in your face: You get home, you see it right away, and you feel a wave of stress going through your body.

That is NOT a nice feeling – I know it, I had it.

And what you need to do here is to reduce the clutter.

I know what you’re thinking: “No, shit Sherlock!”

You know that the clutter is the problem and that you need to reduce it. And you HAVE tried.

Problem is, every time you try, you get stuck at some point.

There are always stuff where you have absolutely no idea what to do with them – What to keep and what to let go of?

So, here is the thing, when that happens, first, go with a joy check.

Does it spark joy? Is it something you love looking at, touching, etc? Yes? Then you keep it. No? You let it go.


I know from my experience with my clients, that sometimes we all need a more practical way of looking at things, a rule to rely on, a rule that helps the decision-making.

My solution is what I call the Nazanine 3-items rule.

I invented this rule to have a rule of thumb about the number item to keep (a rule beside the joy checking. OBVIOUSLY. 😇)

So, here we go.

The rule is that most of the time, you only need 3 items:

  • one in use

  • one that needs to be cleaned or washed, etc

  • and a you-never-know one.

Perfect example for this: Towels – If you're stuck, and not passionate about towels and having all kind of them, then see if you can reduce the number to 3 and keep your 3 favourite ones.

So, if you sometime feel unsure about what is the right amount of item to keep, try the Nazanine 3-items rule.

Until next time,


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