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Why Must We Own So Much Stuff?
By Dawn Roth
Time and again we meet people having great struggles with
the stuff they've accumulated over time. Have you ever wondered
why we collect the things in our homes? Why we keep things
so long? What's behind the clutter?
There is no general answer for all, but we do recognize a
few patterns at work when we get to know our clients.
More space. Our homes have been getting bigger over
time. This means we have more space to fill and it is our
nature to do so.
More income. We live in a society with more disposable
income than ever before and we are able to indulge ourselves
Patriotism. Our nation is built on a consumer economy
and we are taught that shopping and retail spending is our
Media. As a group we are constantly bombarded with
messages to buy, get, possess, and own stuff. We are conditioned
to solve our problems with each new purchase.
Fear. We are afraid of running out or not having the
widget when we need it. We fear the loss of documents will
mean a tragedy of fiscal proportions. The "what ifs"
make us hold on to it all.
Guilt. If it was a token of affection or appreciation
we feel bound to house it until eternity. If it doesn't get
a place of honor on display, we stash it on the off chance
the giver will ask to see it.
Take a look at your stuff and see if its possessing you against
your will. For help sorting it out, call
a professional who can take you
through the process step by step.