(x+3) – (x-2) = 5
Is this correct?
Yes. You can verify this equation without knowing what the variable is. In fact, the variable may have ANY value. I think algebra is fun! Organizing is fun, too.
What happens when you take a disorganized, overfull apartment and try to squeeze the contents into a smaller apartment? This is not as much fun, but it can be done with some planning and some sacrifice (in other words, you will need to sacrifice some possessions).
I am currently working on a “Downsize and Organize” project for a client, and the T-shirts are one of the most troubling variables in the equation.
Organizing a space is very much like doing algebra. The more things you own, the more complex the equation becomes. I enjoy solving problems by rearranging numbers — or objects — until they fit, and in fact, the first paying job I had was as an Algebra Tutor. Many students struggle with this subject. I wonder if there is a correlation between struggling with algebra and struggling with clutter.
[(x+1)(x+6)] – [(x-1)(x-6)] = ?
Does this give you a headache? The equation is much simpler than it looks. (The answer is 14x in case you were wondering.)
Organizing is a little bit trickier.
For example, if a sock drawer becomes a T-shirt drawer, where will the socks go?
T-shirts = T, Drawer = D, Socks = S.
D+S = (D+S)
(D+S) – S + T = (D+T).
S cannot equal zero. Write a new equation for S.
If you figure that one out, let me know. I’m still working on it.
I think I need to add another D to the equation.