I object to too many objects


STUFF. Some of us have too much of it, some of us want more of it. I've moved house a few times and every time it comes to packing up my possessions I shake my head and think I have way too much stuff. Some of it never even gets unpacked from one house move to the other.

And then there's Christmas. Time to give and receive more stuff. Don't get me wrong. I am an avid present giver. I love, love, love giving my family presents. And I don't mind receiving them either.

But as I've gotten older, I've realised there's a lot of things I don't need any more. There are only so many cat knick-knacks I need gathering dust on my shelves, for example (as cute as they may be).

But maybe the time of too much stuff is coming to an end.

I read an interesting article by Timothy Moore on The Conversation website recently. In it he writes that people will not only possess fewer physical objects in the future but they'll occupy smaller living spaces.

He points out how even today people under 30 may not have too many material goods because of digitised and streamed music, photo albums existing in the cloud, food being delivered so you don't need as many cooking appliances, etc.

If you don't have much living space, it certainly sounds like a good way to cut back on the clutter. But I like holding an actual photo album. And I like that friends can see what kind of music I'm into by looking at my CDs. But if there's some way to digitise cat knick-knacks I'd be down with that.

Jen Gourley

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