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Monday Mottoes – #175

clutter2Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in stuff? Maybe your office desk, or bedroom dresser drawers, or kitchen cabinets, or clothes closets overflow with an abundance that can barely be tamed. I know. I joke that we will be featured on the “Hoarders” TV show one day.

But it’s not funny.

Too much stuff can bog you down, mess you up, hold you back. It’s too much to manage, plus it’s difficult to find anything. So you buy more. Or in the office, you avoid filing.

We all know about needing to host someone in the office or at home: open a drawer or closet and sweep it all inside. What we wastenotshould really be doing is a clean sweep and getting rid of it all.

And that’s a good thing. I would like to think that Goodwill or the Salvation Army is a better place because of me. But then I see a couple of unique things that catch my eye….

In anthropological studies, it’s been estimated that about 75% of Americans have too much stuff in their garage to park a car. About the 50% of families own second refrigerators and families gain, on average, 30% more possessions as each child arrives. No wonder we’re overflowing with stuff for our four kids — we must be at the 120% mark-!

IMG_4099I’m concerned that our family’s teens and twenties are becoming overconsumers, as well. I saw my oldest daughter’s nail polish thrown in a plastic shoebox— over 30 bottles. Isn’t that a bit much? Not that these are Chanel hues, mostly Dollar Tree to be exact, but still….

She’s not too good at math. If I told her that represents over $30, she would be shocked, lol.

Which brings us to today’s motto from the avant-garde fashion designer, VivienneIMG_4098 Westwood:

“We are so conformist; nobody is thinking. We are all sucking up stuff; we have been trained to be consumers, and we are all consuming far too much.”

It’s true. Keep it simple, keep it spare, keep getting rid of stuff. You’ll feel so much lighter and you’ll accomplish so much more.

Happy Monday, everyone!


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