Canning the clutter

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Thanks to Sean MacEntee for the photo.
  • Thanks to Sean MacEntee for the photo.

In happy consumer news: People are getting rid of their crap! Now, if we can learn to stop buying it in the first place ...

Maybe it's the economy, or maybe it's the need to feel neat and cleansed. Maybe it's TV shows such as "Hoarders," where the accumulation of household goods gets trashy and downright embarrassing.

Whatever the reason, Americans are reevaluating their relationship with their stuff.

There's too much of it. It clutters our lives. And many of us are saying we've had enough.

Families such as the Bormans are moving toward decluttering for various reasons. They're feeling the continued pinch of the economy. They're prioritizing long-term financial goals above instant gratification. And even while consumers begin to loosen their purse strings just a little, they're just sick of having so much stuff cluttering their already busy lives.

Decluttering isn't new, of course. This yearning to simplify life rears its head at least once every decade - often in reaction to periods of excess. Americans in the past few decades have become defined by big homes, luxury cars and the other things they own.

"We have gone so big for so long. It gets to a point where you start to evaluate if the things you are adding to your life are bringing meaning," says Mary Carlomagno, a professional organizer and author of "Live More, Want Less: 52 Ways to Find Order in Your Life."

Read the rest of this Charlotte Observer article, by Sue Stock and Andrea Weigl, here.

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