The Wrong Stuff

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Mary Schmich gets it.

In her recent Chicago Tribune column, We’re Entering the Season of Stuff, she points out one of the downsides of living in a society overly focused on consumerism.

We have too much stuff. And as we head into the “get more stuff” season, we have to figure out how to make room.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with stuff in and of itself. It’s just stuff. But we often forget that 1) we are more than the sum of our stuff and 2) stuff can’t make us happy.

Usually, though, on the way to learning these two important realities, we accumulate too much stuff trying to prove them wrong.

And then we purge. Donations to thrift stores are great–those organizations do a lot of good with the money they receive from selling all our unwanted stuff. But, for the most part, we only donate the stuff that we don’t want anymore and isn’t valuable enough to give to someone close to us.

Here at Swampumâ„¢ we are building a site–more of a community, really–that we hope will help people have a healthier attitude toward all of their stuff.

From giving away unwanted clothing to borrowing books and DVDs to lending garden or home improvement tools, we’ll all have less stuff to wade through if we accumulate less and share more.

We hope you’ll join us! And remember … it’s just stuff.

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