As for me and my house . . . I have too much stuff. Is anyone with me?
I might get more worked up than most people when it comes to the amount of stuff that tends to collect in our homes these days–the papers from school and day care, the mail, the half-finished projects, the Very Important Documents, the toys, the random articles of clothing. . . the list goes on. But while I may get more agitated than some people by the mess, I am definitely no better at dealing with it. (See Exhibit A.)
So, this blog–which has been in my brain and on my to-do list for a couple years now–is partially about how to reduce the amount and impact of all that stuff, but it’s also about the bigger picture. It’s about a culture that encourages us to buy buy buy, to discard the old to make way for the new, and to generally assume that “bigger” (or “more”) = better. People are going into debt and our planet is suffering because of this obsession with stuff.
I want to fight that culture, even though it often feels like a losing battle. I want to buy less, to repair and repurpose the old, and in general to live lighter.
I started a Facebook page to that effect earlier this year, but I’ve had a fire in my belly to say more, because I know other people feel this way too. My goal is to post at least once a week–Monday mornings–about things like buying secondhand (a huge passion of mine); celebrating birthdays and holidays with more fun, more memories, and less stuff; raising kids with more compassion and less consumerism; and things I’m learning about the effect our purchases have on workers and the environment.
I hope you’ll join me.