Thursday, August 07, 2008
There's nothing like moving in the heat and with 3 flights of steps to make one painfully aware of one's stuff. Over the last couple of years, I thought I had been fairly rigorous in stuff reduction, but trip after trip I found myself coming to dislike many of my possessions and as I put things away in the new place, the garbage continues to fill and with each item I feel a little bit lighter, a little more at ease. Paul Graham postulates we are constantly taking account of our surroundings to make a cognitive map and when there's clutter, it makes it that much harder to do, and we find it exhausting. So when you feel depressed or tired, look around, maybe it's simply being in an over-stuffed environment. Graham's got a good quick to read essay. Check it out.
Give Paul Graham's essay a read.
"I have too much stuff. Most people in America do. In fact, the poorer people are, the more stuff they seem to have. Hardly anyone is so poor that they can't afford a front yard full of old cars...."