The most common reason given for buying a larger house that I generally hear is "for more space". For what?
To feed the storm of accumulating stuff that threatens to flood every empty space available. Bigger house - more stuff. Get even bigger house - get even more stuff.
But even my 550 sq. ft. home has ample hidey holes for stashing things I don't need. And one doesn't have to buy things to acquire things. More often that not that free thing is unnecessary clutter just like the crap bought at the shopping mall. Just because it is free (or cheap or on sale) does not mean you need it.
Our inability to resist the accumulation of stuff should raise warning flags. Maybe we feel lonely and try to fill our empty spaces just as we fill the silences in conversations with mindless chatter before they grow long.
|A bowerbird's stuff.|
We may be afraid of what others will think of us if we have a less than spectacular nest.
Not having lots of glittery stuff seems so... unambitious. One thing you can say about successful people (or bowerbirds) - they have lots of great stuff. But come on - collecting stuff is easy. Very easy.
Our entire system is geared toward making it as painless as humanly possible for us to buy stuff.
"Hello", they coo, "Let us help you spend your money (or credit). We know what you want. Yes, as a matter of fact it will make you happier."
It is easy to get stuff. Lots of stuff. More stuff. Better stuff. Newer stuff. Funner stuff. Cooler stuff. But while the accumulation continues to grow, our happiness stalls out in a doldrums that is impossible to escape by more of the same.
Resisting the accumulation frenzy will be one of the hardest things you do, and one of the most worthwhile. It requires constant vigilance, determination, and yes, ambition. It is a constant battle between the forces of freedom and the lure of a comfortable captivity in a gilded consumer cage.
The forecast for my household is for increasingly clear spaces and freedom from the mind numbing effects of unnecessary stuff. First though, a tornado of simplicity is blowing through the place, shredding the unnecessary wherever it lurks.
It is anticipated that a deep calm will follow for an extended period.