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  • 21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own

    01/11/2019 7:07:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Becoming Minimalist ^ | 01/10/2019 | JOSHUA BECKER ·
    Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter. We tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. Our toy rooms are messy, our drawers don’t close, and our closets are filled from top to bottom. The evidence of clutter is all around us.Today, increasing data is being collected about our homes, our shopping habits, and our spending. The research is confirming our observation: we own too much stuff. And it is robbing us of life.Here are 21 surprising statistics about our clutter that help us understand how big of a problem...
  • How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

    08/24/2014 7:35:06 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 67 replies
    Lifehacker ^ | 7/5/2013 | Mikael Cho
    A few years ago, I worked at a web design agency as a product manager. The part of the job I loved the most was working on product with our design team and clients. Unfortunately, this was only about 10 percent of the work that I actually got to do. The majority of the time, I was trying to control the constant flow of stuff–keeping track of meeting notes, searching for files, and trying to stay up-to-date with the latest technology news.I was mentally exhausted. I’d get home feeling that I hadn’t really accomplished anything. Once I left the agency...
  • Learning value of stuff by moving overseas [Clutter-Free Living ]

    01/04/2011 9:01:53 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 16 replies
    LIVING ^ | January 4, 2011 | Tsh Oxenreider
    When you declutter and organize your home, sometimes it's helpful to play a little game called "Let's Pretend We're Moving Overseas." Armed with this mental filter, you analyze every item in your home by wondering if you'd pack it in your tiny luggage space. You ask yourself, Is this thing worth hauling 6,000 miles across an ocean and in to a new home? Is it providing that much meaning and value to my life? If not, why bother having it now?
  • Researchers Find Clues to 'Pack-Rat' Urge

    12/18/2004 7:05:24 AM PST · by MississippiMasterpiece · 87 replies · 6,588+ views
    WebMD Medical News ^ | Dec. 17, 2004 | Miranda Hitti
    Attention, pack rats: science may have figured you out. Researchers say they've found an area of the brain that seems to govern the urge to collect. For most people, collecting is a perfectly healthy behavior. It's an outlet for expressing passion for just about anything, such as stamps, wine, art, shoes, or Elvis memorabilia. Collecting is also common among animals, and not just for food. It's been observed in creatures great and small, from mammals to insects. For instance, some birds can't resist aluminum and bright objects, while hamsters gather glass beads when given the chance. But in rare cases,...
  • Four Dogs Die From Neglect, One Dozen Rescued (Michigan)

    07/14/2008 4:57:36 AM PDT · by MaryFromMichigan · 5 replies · 139+ views
    WWMT TV Kalamazoo ^ | June 24, 2008 - 10:51PM | NEWSCHANNEL 3
    Second sad story about abused dogs in the state.
  • 52 cats taken from Elkhart woman's home

    03/13/2010 2:27:28 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 31 replies · 675+ views
    52 cats and one dog were removed from the home of a 76 year old Elkhart woman Tuesday by Elkhart Police Department's animal control officer and Humane Society workers. Elkhart Humane Society Assistant Director Rachel Dennis says the cats and dog are all in poor health, suffering from respiratory problems, matted eyes and infested with insects. Adult Protective Services was called to assist the 76 year old woman who was living in the feces covered trailer. The woman is now living with a family member. Elkhart Police say a maintenance worker at Four Season Trailer Park flagged down an animal...
  • House Of Filth: Nearly 100 Cats Found In NJ Home

    03/28/2009 7:53:47 AM PDT · by alice_in_bubbaland · 68 replies · 2,028+ views ^ | Mar, 28, 2009 | Sean Hennessey
    SPCA Officials Stunned After 2 Feet Of Feces Found In Room Of House Located In Million-Dollar Community Officers Say It's One Of The Worst Cases Ever Reported Reporting Sean Hennessey CHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) ― One New Jersey SPCA official said it was probably the worst case he's ever seen.
  • The Paper Chase

    10/26/2003 2:52:19 PM PST · by sarcasm · 8 replies · 23,750+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 26, 2003 | FRANZ LIDZ
    y father never had much use for fairy tales. The fifth of five brothers raised in a one-bedroom tenement on the Lower East Side, he preferred real-life grotesqueries. And so at bedtime, I would listen raptly to his urban horror stories, tales that filled the dark with chimera, bogeymen, golems.The most macabre was the tale of the Collyer Brothers, the hermit hoarders of Harlem. In lugubrious tones not unlike Boris Karloff's, my father described the vague aura of evil that had endowed the four-story brownstone on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 128th Street for much of the 1930's...
  • So Much Clutter, So Little Room: Examining the Roots of Hoarding

    01/04/2004 6:17:43 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 202 replies · 4,953+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Sunday, January 4, 2004 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    The cases never cease to fascinate: reclusive people trapped by their own accumulations, in rooms made unlivable by floor-to-ceiling heaps of newspapers, books and saved objects — from twist ties to grand pianos.Some pass into legend, like the Collyer brothers, "the hermit hoarders of Harlem," who in 1947 were buried by the piles of urban junk that filled their four-story Harlem brownstone. But even less extreme examples, like that of the Bronx man rescued on Monday after being trapped for two days under an avalanche of magazines and catalogs, haunt the public imagination.Such compulsive hoarding is being recognized as a...
  • Time to take out the trash-My wife’s decided what she wants for Christmas — a Dumpster.

    11/14/2005 6:22:59 PM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies · 749+ views
    Winona Daily News ^ | 11-14-05 | Jerome Christenson
    My wife’s decided what she wants for Christmas — a Dumpster. Not to keep, mind you, just long enough to fill it up. A second one then might be in order. It all started with an innocuous question: What’s in that thing? “That thing” was one of the ubiquitous Rubbermaid bins that have transformed yesteryear’s random piles of tattered pasteboard cartons into tidy, tasteful storage. What was in it had been there a while — darn near a decade, if the cancelled checks are to be believed — taking up room in a closet we couldn’t reliably close the door...
  • U.S. material wealth leads to clutter

    10/22/2005 2:40:29 PM PDT · by DancesWithBolsheviks · 54 replies · 1,263+ views ^ | Sun Oct 22,2005 | JOSEPH B. VERRENGIA
    To many observers, clutter reflects the mind-set of the modern household - overburdened, disorganized and compulsive. To others, clutter is a broader symbol of a ravenous culture dependent on easy credit, piling up debt and consuming a lion's share of the world's resources without considering the consequences. "People's homes are a reflection of their lives," says Los Angeles psychologist and organizational consultant Peter Walsh. "It is no accident that people have a huge weight problem in this country, and clutter is the same thing. Homes are an orgy of consumption." The obesity analogy isn't a joke. While personal spending drives...
  • The danger of hoarding

    02/29/2004 12:18:45 PM PST · by EvaClement · 7 replies · 445+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | 2/18/2004 9:57 PM | Joyce Cohen
    <p>For 25 years, a difficult-neighbor problem plagued Curtis and Elaine Colvin of Seattle. The neighbor's home and lawn resembled a junkyard. Finally, last spring, the elderly man was taken out of state by relatives.</p> <p>Konstantinos Apostolou bought the house — and sent in five men to clear the floor-to-ceiling junk. "It was the most disgusting thing I've ever seen in my life," says his son, George Apostolou. There was nowhere to walk, except for a narrow "goat path" connecting the rooms. The men hauled out seven Dumpsters' worth of clothes, books, magazines, spoiled food, firewood, car parts, tires, bank statements and 50-year-old tax records. "I feel bad for the guy," says Apostolou. "I'm sure he was ill."</p>
  • More ad clutter on the boob tube

    09/05/2002 4:32:32 PM PDT · by GeneD · 4 replies · 273+ views
    Media Life ^ | 9/5/02 | Jeff Bercovici
    It's not your imagination: Clutter is getting worse. Even with TiVo and other digital video recorders now holding out the promise of a commercial-free viewing experience, the leading broadcast networks continue to pack more and more advertising spots into each hour of television, according to the latest MindShare Clutter Watch report, released this week. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox all aired more commercial time per hour in the first quarter of 2002 than during the same period last year. Fox increased its commercial time the most, averaging 8 minutes 39 seconds per hour, 10 percent more than in first quarter...