Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own
Becoming Minimalist ^ | 01/10/2019 | JOSHUA BECKER

Posted on 01/11/2019 7:07:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind

click here to read article


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-6061-66 next last

1 posted on 01/11/2019 7:07:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Somewhere, two people have twice these stats, to make up for my husband and myself.


2 posted on 01/11/2019 7:12:21 AM PST by reformedliberal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Whenever I help somebody move, I go home close my eyes, grab something, and throw it out.


3 posted on 01/11/2019 7:13:27 AM PST by Cold Heart (The main purpose of The Wall is to protect the US from its own politicians.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
"Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods—in other words, items they do not need."

I have no idea how this figure could even be remotely calculated. Take for instance an automobile. If one has to commute to work, it is a need. If there is public transportation available is it still technically a need or does it become a want? If it is a need to get to work and a $15K Ford Fiesta would be adequate for the purpose but one opts for a $150K Porsche instead, is the $135K overage calculated as a "want", and the $15K considered the "need"?

IMHO, most of these stats are meaningless and only serve the purposes of guilting successful people and promoting class envy.

4 posted on 01/11/2019 7:17:13 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack

Yeah, “non-essential goods,” why should my consumption be limited solely to non-essential goods? I render services that someone in society has deemed valuable to earn money to allow to acquire things that I want.

And as you note, how is something deemed essential or not?


5 posted on 01/11/2019 7:22:25 AM PST by bagman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

From birth through college, there is a gross materialism around all the stuff we wrap our kids with, especially.

I get why folks might use a garage bay for storage. Surprised it is only 1 in 10 for the rented storage.

Millennials were supposed to be less materialistic, but when those I know get married, have babies, etc., they are more into the trappings than our previous generations, for sure.


6 posted on 01/11/2019 7:24:35 AM PST by 9YearLurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: reformedliberal

Ha ha!


7 posted on 01/11/2019 7:25:14 AM PST by 9YearLurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

It’s an interesting article. I posted it to FB “friends”, maybe get an intelligent conversation going. I just “decluttered” my house. Now, everything has a purpose (not all necessities) and a place. It’s made what I have so much more useful and interesting.


8 posted on 01/11/2019 7:27:15 AM PST by grania ("We're all just pawns in their game")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

If government can take it away from you for unpaid taxes, do you really OWN it?


9 posted on 01/11/2019 7:28:01 AM PST by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Build the Wall Faster! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Regarding those shopping malls: here in the lower Michigan/Toledo area the recession took its toll. Of the eight in the area only one is doing well; two are open with only two of three stores; and the rest of the malls were bulldozed.

It was not until this last year that business picked up.


10 posted on 01/11/2019 7:28:17 AM PST by madison10
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

George Carlin - A Place For My Stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLoge6QzcGY


11 posted on 01/11/2019 7:28:30 AM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bagman
That can be applied to basically any consumer good. In the abstract, "food" is clearly a need. If one opts for steak and lobster over mac and cheese, where does one draw the line between, "need," and, "want"?

If a firearm is used for recreational shooting for years, but in one night it is used to defend the family during a home invasion, when did it stop being a, "want," and start being a, "need"?

If a hobby, independent of one's livelihood, promotes one's psychological well-being, is money spent on that hobby a need or want?

Utterly absurd and meaningless statistic. As I noted, it is not a useless statistic; it's very useful to those wishing to inflame class animosity.

12 posted on 01/11/2019 7:29:00 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Stuff is good. Stuff is great. I want more stuff!


13 posted on 01/11/2019 7:29:38 AM PST by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bagman
And as you note, how is something deemed essential or not?

If a function cannot be performed without it, it is essential. But is the function essential?

14 posted on 01/11/2019 7:30:37 AM PST by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Build the Wall Faster! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

"...how much stuff we actually own..."


Learning that clutter is essentially a “failure to make a decision” in our daily lives was pivotal to my own streamlining.
A fantastic lesson I learned starts with simple mail.
I don’t even set junk mail on the table...I take mail from the mailbox and sort it in my hands to immediately discard as needed.


15 posted on 01/11/2019 7:30:54 AM PST by Blue Jays ( Rock hard ~ Ride free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cold Heart
"Whenever I help somebody move,..."

Like when a parent or aunt/uncle pass and you are the one to sort through the "stuff" they leave behind.
I don't want my daughter to have to go through that.

16 posted on 01/11/2019 7:31:36 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("I will now proceed to entangle the entire area".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

$1.2 trillion on non-essential goods—that’s nothing. Look at what we spend on non-essential government!


17 posted on 01/11/2019 7:32:40 AM PST by antidisestablishment (The blood of children is Folly's currency.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Donate it, the donation center sells it and the money goes to a worthy cause.

I need to get cracking on a truckload.

While there are many references in the article that I dont practice. I still have clutter.


18 posted on 01/11/2019 7:33:05 AM PST by Clutch Martin (The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed it wright.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: antidisestablishment

RE: $1.2 trillion on non-essential goods

But we can’t have $5 Billion for a Border Wall.


19 posted on 01/11/2019 7:35:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind (look at Michigan, it will)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

O.K. just get western consumption down to pre-WWII levels and watch the economies of many poor countries collapse, as export to western countries is 100% of all they have.


20 posted on 01/11/2019 7:38:37 AM PST by Wuli
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-6061-66 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson