To our attention

Using a share a link feature, reader PetersonRecipes brought the article The Stuff Pack Rats Are Made Of to our attention from last week’s New York Times.

“There is nothing like being forced to pack up every last thing you own, load it onto a truck, and unload and unpack it on the other end to make you question the true value of all that stuff. You find yourself wondering not only why you bought it, why you kept it, why it’s so hard to get rid of it — but why on earth you will undoubtedly buy more of it.”

This article is perfect if you’re in the mood to sit and nod your head in agreement with everything the author says. She is definitely preaching to our Unclutterer choir.

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4 Comments for “To our attention”

  1. posted by Hayden Tompkins on

    Before I was married, I refused to own anything more than could be packed into my car. It’s not as realistic now; however, if we can’t fit it into two cars and a U-Haul trailer then I am not interested.

    I know it probably sounds extreme but, dang!, people have so much stuff. I may not have as much as the next person, but I love and use what I do have.

  2. posted by Miss Lisa on

    I moved twice within two years and it was perfect timing to figure out what I really needed vs. what I could toss or donate. If you don’t unpack something for a year and you forgot about it, you probably can just take that box to Goodwill before the next move.

  3. posted by Kelli on

    Last spring, I had to pack and move in a hurry, but I didn’t get to unpack right away (all my stuff went to storage). When I returned from the trip I was on and finally moved all those boxes into my new apartment, I was floored. I have amassed so much junk that I don’t need (or even want), and the funny thing is that I packed it and paid to store it! I must have thrown away three boxes of just junk I’d been storing. Unbelievable!

  4. posted by EngineerMom on

    We moved at least every 5 years when I was growing up. My mom always made the comment “Three moves equals a fire” as an analogy of how much stuff we got rid of every move!

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