The Clutter of Consumerism

"A clean sweep: Getting rid of your clutter" -- CBS, 2018, 7:34 --

A look at what happens to the excesses of consumerism-- storage facilities, garages with no room for a vehicle, messy homes, and cluttered lives. What I find most interesting about this video is not the organizational advice, but that buying less junk is not presented as a solution. Perhaps this is evidence of consumerism's hegemony. In my opinion, clutter is not the result of "deferred decisions" (as the video says). Rather, I think clutter emerges from our collective decision to embrace material consumerism as a source of happiness. Most of our purchases are not necessary, yet we continue to buy and buy, and complain about the results. What I suggest is letting go, saying no, and resisting the advertisements around you. This gets easier over time and trust me, it's worth it. 

From the video's description: Are you buried under mounds of stuff? There's an entire industry dedicated to helping Americans get rid of things they don't really need but hold onto anyway. Still can't bear to part with your stuff? There's another industry that will actually keep an eye on your stuff for you! Barry Petersen meets members of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO), who help clients declutter their lives, and with Andrew Mellen, called the "Most Organized Man in America."