In law, the “reasonable person standard” is used to judge a defendant’s behavior by asking whether “a reasonable person, under the same circumstances, would have acted in the same way as the defendant”.
So what does this have to do with organizing? I sometimes use the “reasonable person standard” to help my clients determine how much is too much.
You’ve all heard of Parkinson’s law, which states that work expands to fill the time available for its completion.
Here is the Organizing Goddess’s corollary: Stuff expands to fill the space available for its storage.
So how can you limit the amount of stuff and thus reduce clutter? By limiting the space you make available to it, of course!