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Americans Love Stuff.

3.28.2010

Americans pay the storage unit industry bajillions of dollars a year to hold on to the stuff that they've run out of room for at home. When these folks stop paying the storage unit bills, the storage companies hold auctions where new people compete to buy the contents of delinquent units. Why such madness?

The human brain hates to admit that it was wrong. Getting rid of the stuff makes it seem like it was a mistake to acquire that stuff in the first place.

Over the past couple years, I've been on a personal crusade to get rid of stuff. The trick is to see the value inherent in jettisoning said stuff. I've considered the hours I save in not having to pack, move and unpack the stuff when I move. I've envisioned having a little space in my closet, and thinking of what else I could use that space for! I've changed lots of stuff into cold hard cash by selling it on Craigslist.

How about you? Just think how much simpler your life could be if you had less stuff. What could you use a little extra cash for?

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