The Epidemic of Stuff

It seems that we are constantly enticed to be buying more stuff, bigger, better, flashier, shinier, just more of everything.   We are encouraged to supersize our food, buy two for the price of one, buy the bigger size (because its really the better deal  you know) even though really you didn’t want to eat that much food…..crazy!!

Don’t get me wrong I love shopping too.  I love shiny things.  I love books even though I might not have the time to read them all.  But there is something  to be said about being conscious about what we are purchasing and how we want to live our lives.

In that moment of finding something it can feel pretty awesome like “wow look at this great deal on this beautiful, wonderful whatever”.  What an amazing find!!  Or perhaps it’s such a bargain I need to purchase two or three.    Perhaps this thing is going to make us feel better or make us happy.   There is so much available to us, there is a feast of stuff that is just waiting for us to consume.   Unfortunately, the happiness factor is usually pretty short lived and then what do we really have to show for it in the end.

What is with the big houses being built all over the city?  These houses are bigger than ever even though family size is smaller.  It seems to me when there is more space there is more of a feeling that it needs to be filled up with stuff.   Why do we need all of this stuff anyway?

Think about all of the marketing that is out there trying to get your attention and your money.  They are sending out the message that we are not okay unless we have this thing or that item.  Somehow, if we can buy this item it will make us better, feel better or just to temporarily take off the edge.  A temporary fix to take us away from looking at something else which may be harder in the moment but the payoff is so much more rewarding.  Being with our selves just the way we are.  Being happy with less!!

About Kimberley

I am a Case Manager at My Sisters' Place which is a program of the Canadian Mental Health Association London Middlesex. My Sisters' Place is a program for vulnerable women. I love my job and all the wonderful women I work with. I am very honored to do this work with women who have been through so much and are so open in sharing their stories. I initiated and designed a Clearing Clutter Support Group which I have been facilitating since 2007 with a co-worker. I love running this group and learn so much from the participants. We offer this eight week program three or four times a year. I started my business Space For You in 2010 and work with individuals in their homes as well as offer some workshops in the community. I am available to speak to groups on "De-Cluttering Your Life", "The Magic of De-Cluttering", "Space Clearing" or really anything to do with clutter and hoarding.
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0 Responses to The Epidemic of Stuff

  1. Pat says:

    I agree…we have become consuming monsters. Time to stop and rethink!

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