A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance - Title Image

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Fascinating video series inspired by the book, “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors” from UCLA  anthropologists, Jeanne E. Arnold, Anthony Grasesch, Enzo Ragazzini and Elinor Ochs.


What was discovered in the examination of clutter?

  • We have responded well to marketing and become excellent consumers.  Not enough thought, attention and action is given to creating ways to let go of things.
  • North America has 3% of the world’s children yet consumes 40% of the world’s toys.
  • Cortisol levels are highest in women who remark on the effects of clutter. It is described by some as an “ever-present burden”, often lurking in the corners of every room.

This video talks about clutter, but check out the one on food (and refrigerator doors) and space, as well.

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