It’s amazing how much stuff we have

It’s amazing how much stuff we have June 24, 2015

Did you know that there are 300,000 items in the average American home?

And that we consume twice stuff than we did 50 years ago?

Reminds me of this:

Which reminds me of this:

Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Lk 12:32–34).

Which reminds me of this:

The two men who have the credit, apparently, of having first perceived
something of what was happening in the world of the soul were a solid
and wealthy citizen named Bernard of Quintaville and a canon from a
neighbouring church named Peter. It is the more to their credit because
Francis, if one may put it so, was by this time wallowing in poverty and
association with lepers and ragged mendicants; and the two were men with
much to give up; the one of comforts in the world and the other of

ambition in the church. Bernard the rich burgher did quite literally and
finally sell all he had and give it to the poor. Peter did even more;
for he descended from a chair of spiritual authority, probably when he
was already a man of mature years and therefore of fixed mental habits,
to follow an extravagant young eccentric whom most people probably
regarded as a maniac. What it was which they had caught a glimpse, of
which Francis had seen the glory, may be suggested later so far as it
can be suggested at all. At this stage we need profess to see no more
than all Assisi saw, and that something not altogether unworthy of
comment. The citizens of Assisi only saw the camel go in triumph through
the eye of the needle and God do impossible things because to him all
things were possible; only a priest who rent his robes like the Publican
and not like the Pharisee and a rich man who went away joyful, for he
had no possessions. – G.K. Chesterton, St. Francis of Assisi

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  • capaxdei

    No, I don’t know that there are 300,000 items in the average American home.
    I do know that one website linked to another website that linked to a newspaper article that stated a professional organizer cited a statistic that the average U.S. household has 300,000 things, but that’s not the same thing.

  • PalaceGuard

    Point in case: if you look at your “average” home-buying/remodelling show, one of the greatest desideratas is the walk-in closet the size, at a minimum, of my galley kitchen. If you live in an untouched older home, or remember living in such as a child, the average closet was 6 feet long, with one rod and one shelf. And behold! there was room enough for the clothing of two adults (unless, to flash forward, one is married to a man who is irresistibly drawn to Hawaiian shirts).

  • freddy

    Well, we probably do have 300,000 individual legos ™. Or at least it seems that way! But my kids do teach me a good lesson on the right order of things. They don’t need legos ™ to be happy, but they are certainly happy to have legos(tm). Praise God in all things, but don’t make things your god.
    My husband occasionally remarks on the fact that we put out only 1 trash can each week, with 9 people living in our house, compared with neighbors who have 2 to 4 people and yet fill 2 or three cans.
    I joke with him that I’d have a garage sale, but we’re still using all our old stuff!