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Tossing everything that isn’t just right in the moment is its own kind of privilege.
Living light may have its benefits, but it’s not a strategy that’s really adaptable to unexpected unemployment or overburdened supply chains. Searching for domestic perfection should be done only by those who don’t have to worry about what unforeseen wants or needs might lie ahead.
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It happened between the 1880s and the 1920s. Before that, most belongings were either made at home or bought from local craftspeople or general stores.
Victorians lived in houses that were overflowing with artsy items and other kinds of things. So clutter is not entirely an American notion, but modern Americans cultivate its presence in ways that set them apart.
Psychologists found that people cling to material stuff as a response to a form of anxiety (about loss, financial instability, even body image) and that clutter itself is often a source of stress.
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The shock that we are more than our job.
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