I really enjoyed this article on “stuff” from Derek Sivers. Every time I look around my apartment with a critical eye, I’m absolutely floored by the number of things that I’ve accumulated since moving in. It doesn’t make me happy, and in fact its cognitive overhead has the opposite effect, but none of it is junk either; it’s all moderately useful stuff that I could imagine needing at some point in the next year (albeit very infrequently).
Worse yet, I still haven’t figured out how to solve the problem except with periodic purges which are time consuming and wasteful. I do try to buy quality items that I won’t get tired of and which will have some longevity, but even actively thinking about it, I still catch myself buying new things that are only nominally useful and which will be difficult to get rid of.
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