Why Do We Buy So Much Stuff?

I’ll admit it: I am a reformed collector.
Once upon a time, I loved searching for treasures; my adrenalin would be pumping as I walked through antique shops, auction houses, estate sales, country flea markets, etc., seeking out fine pieces of Roseville Pottery, antique silver or vintage bamboo. I would brake for bargains.

Although many of us enjoy finding a great new accent piece for our home, especially at this time of the year, lately, some clients and acquaintances have been saying it’s about more than freshening up their spaces: they turn to retail therapy to give themselves a psychological boost. They then proceed to become even more stressed when they see how over-stuffed their rooms look with their newly acquired tchotchkes. For them, it’s a Catch 22.

Thankfully, I’ve changed. I love having a tranquil home with good Feng Shui so, instead of junking or shopping for stuff, I clean out a few drawers, work in the garden or take a yoga class to make myself feel good. And, because a lot of clients needed to pare down, too, a couple of years ago I wrote a book about downsizing.

Perhaps you have a friend or sister who visits HomeGoods every other day or maybe your mother goes online shopping for hours each night.

Are you and your UPS man on a first name basis? When you’re upset do you go shopping to cheer yourself up? Does buying new home design accessories put you in a good mood? Can you (or someone you know) relate to this?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Wrenda Goodwyn April 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

So true, Lauri!!! Great article. Less really is better and simple is so much healthier.

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Audrey Klotz Koocher April 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

Right (write) on Lauri! Stuff is stress. Fewer possessions that hold deeper meaning makes for a calm environment. Great post. …and yes, I do know people who could relate to this.

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Kathleen Chant April 16, 2011 at 12:00 am

I am an adherent of the "Metamorphosis" you are describing 🙂

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Kathleen Chant April 16, 2011 at 12:00 am

I am an adherent of the "Metamorphosis"​ you are describing 🙂

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Use What You Have Interiors April 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

Wrenda, Audrey and Kathy, Glad to hear you're in agreement!

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