High-horse alert! I’m getting on one. Rather ironic since most of my readers (Hi Dad!) have a lower opinion of me now that they’ve seen inside my closets.
It’s funny what we’ll do to try to feel like we are in control of our lives. The truth is that we are never in control. Something totally random could happen and the next thing you know your life is upside down. So we do stuff to make us feel like we are in control. We buy diet pills and make-up and fashionable clothes because we think they will make us prettier/happier, we buy gadgets because we think they will make our lives easier, trinkets because they give us a little rush, junk food because it gives our mouths something to do when we are bored, and now we’re drowning in stuff.
Of course the commerce industry has an answer for us, The Container Store. Buy more stuff to put your stuff in. You might actually spend more money on the stuff you put your stuff in than the actual stuff itself. There is something to be said for having the things you need and use being organized, but for the most part those tidy little plastic containers are little coffins for the stuff we feel guilty for having bought so we keep them to prove that we didn’t waste our money. If you run out of room for your little containers, you can rent space at a storage unit to hide them away but not actually deal with them.
I realize I’m getting on my high-horse right now but suddenly things seem so clear to me. I’ve heard all this before but it is resonating like it never has before.