Summary of “The cluttered lives of middle-class Americans ~ Get Rich Slowly”

Long-time readers are familiar with my decade-long war on Stuff.
While I still bring new Stuff into the house – Kim would tell you I bring too much Stuff home – I’m not nearly so acquisitive as I used to be.
Graesch continues: “We have lots of Stuff. We have many mechanisms by which we accumulate possessions in our home, but we have few rituals or mechanisms or processes for unloading these objects, for getting rid of them.” All of this stuff causes stress.
The push to become consumers, to value Stuff, starts at an early age.
There’s more Stuff available for kids than there was fifty years ago, and that Stuff costs less.
We’re guilty of stockpiling some stuff too.
Says Arnold, “There seems to be a kind of a correlation between how much Stuff is on the refrigerator panel door and how much stuff is in the broader home.”
Do you struggle with clutter? Is your home packed to the gills with Stuff? What steps have you taken to get rid of some of this crap? Or have you?

The orginal article.

Summary of “From Amazon, Apple, Comcast and AT&T: This is who owns the media today”

The media landscape used to be straightforward: Content companies – studios – made stuff – TV shows and movies – and sold it to pay TV distributors, who sold it to consumers.
Now things are up for grabs: Netflix buys stuff from the studios, but it’s making its own stuff, too, and it’s selling it directly to consumers.
That’s one of the reasons older media companies are trying to compete by consolidating.
New distributors like Verizon and AT&T are getting in on the action.
Giant tech companies like Google, Amazon and Apple that used to be on the sidelines are getting closer and closer to the action.
To help sort this all out, we’ve created a diagram that organizes distributors, content companies and internet video companies by market cap and their main lines of business.
Here’s what the Big Media universe currently looks like.

The orginal article.

Summary of “How Decluttering Saves Me Money, Time, And Stress”

Through the process of combing through every single thing we own, I realized that more often than not, my stuff is holding me back as opposed to bringing me joy.
How often are we overwhelmed by our stuff? How much time do we waste looking for things that are lost amid disorderly piles? How often do we bemoan cleaning and dusting and sorting and storing all of our stuff???? If you’re me, it used to be quite a lot.
Things have a way of accumulating when you have children and we certainly own a lot more stuff now that we have a child.
Since we wait at least 72-hours before buying anything and also hate buying stuff, the influx of kid stuff is a trickle as opposed to a deluge.
This had a profound impact on how we parent and especially how we think about stuff in relation to our child(ren).
Before assuming you need to buy even more stuff to organize the stuff you have, take a look around and see what clever reinventions you can preform.
In order to achieve maximum organization-and actually have empty shelves and drawers in some rooms-I needed to give stuff away.
How do you manage the stuff of your life? Never Miss A Story.

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The bad news is that you’ve been buying hot chocolate mixes unnecessarily, but the good news is that you’re going to learn two different methods for making rich, drinkable chocolate for cozy cold days, and you’re going to do it with stuff you probably already have in your kitchen.
If you want an intense, almost aggressively chocolate beverage that demands to be sipped, not slurped, this recipe from Bean to Bar Chocolate: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution by Megan Giller is for you.
For two servings of the stuff, you will need:.1 1/2 cups water.
8 1/2 ounces of your favorite dark chocolate, roughly chopped.
Bring the water to a boil, remove from heat, add the chocolate, cover and let it sit for about half a minute.
Though it may be tempting to top your beverage with whipped cream and other non-essentials, this sipping chocolate is best enjoyed on its own.
To make over 90 servings of the stuff, you will need:.3 1/2 cups sugar.
Whisk everything together in a large bowl and transfer to an airtight container for storage.

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Summary of “‘I could live simpler’: Floods and fires make Americans rethink their love affair with stuff”

Americans, even those outside the disaster zones, are starting conversations about how much stuff they have – and what they really need.
They contemplate reevaluating the mountains of stuff in their garages, attics and basements.
Watching people who have lost everything can prompt a spiritual change or a value shift, according to Marjorie Kukor, an Ohio psychologist who has been a mental-health volunteer for local and national disasters.
Still, Sgrott-Wheedleton calls the relationship of people with their stuff “Complex.” “I work with people who say they wish they could throw a match at their piles of stuff and let it all burn down and start fresh somewhere else. But do they really mean that?” she says.
“We hold on to stuff because of what we believe it says about us,” says Regina Lark, a professional organizer in Los Angeles.
“We will think more about what it is we are buying. Do we really need this? But I can also see going the opposite way and thinking you want more things to make up for what you lost. But I don’t want to do that. I would like to live a life with less stuff,” Krumenauer said.
The recent spate of hurricanes, earthquakes and fires means that “People, for good or bad, are having vicarious reactions to what they are seeing,” Nitza says.
This tragedy “Made us realize that whatever stuff we had can eventually be replaced,” Sarah Cocks says.

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