Is home just a place to put our stuff?

I just got my daily newsletter from I love this site because CJ and I are always taking about pairing down and living with less. When you move as often as we do, you don't look forward to packing hundreds of boxes - most of which you have no idea what is in them.

Well I wanted to pass on this particular newsletter so here is it. I hope you enjoy it. Also be sure to stop by and sign up for the newsletter. Lots of great ideas for living a life-less-cluttered.


In this lecture, philosopher George Carlin expounds on such topics as the meaning of life (A: finding a place to put our stuff) and the nature of residential architecture (A: creating a place to put our stuff). He even makes the bold declaration that if we didn't have so much [expletive] stuff, we wouldn't need homes. We "could just walk around all the time."

In this it's-funny-because-it's-true riff, Carlin highlights how our lives are often centered around the stuff we accumulate, begging the question: what would your life look like without so much stuff? If you had less stuff, could you have a smaller, more manageable, less expensive home? With that less expensive home, might you be able to choose the type of work you want rather than the type needed to afford the house and all its stuff? Might you have more savings and free time? As Tyler Durden from "Fight Club" puts it, might the stuff that you own, own you?

- T.


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