Live Simply, Declutter

I used to love this blog series that MSNBC.com recorded called Behind the Wall. Here’s an explanation:

Behind the Wall provides a dynamic look at China by examining news events and trends – both big and small – from NBC News correspondents and producers. Learn about China’s developing economy, politics and the cultural trends that move its 1.3 billion people.

There was a great article entitled, “Need Fridge Magnets in Bulk? No Prob.” When I read it, all I could think about was one word, quality. First, you probably need to know what the article is about and you may be able to guess by the title. It’s about a store called Yiwu’s in China, it’s home to the world’s largest wholesale shopping mall. They have everything from hair pins to cheese graters, spread out over 173 acres. Get the picture? Quality is meaningless in this case. The over production of crap, basically, that is produced for this warehouse is mind blowing. Do we really need all of this hogwash in the world? We continue to consume so many devices, machines, gadgets, cheese graters… How much of a precedent does quality take in your book? Do we really need more clutter in our lives, on our planet even?

I don’t understand why, Americans especially, are so guilty of consuming. Maybe because of the availability. I would rather have a well-made, possibly expensive coat that lasts me the rest of my life than a coat that falls apart after a year from sloppiness and a lack of condition altogether. We carry around and crowd our houses with an abundance of tangible baggage. Before I buy anything I ask myself, “Do I really need this? How much does it cost? Can I afford this? Where will I store this?” Simplicity is the key to my happiness. Less is more.

The more you have, the more you are occupied.
The less you have, the more free you are. -Mother Teresa
On the whole, I think women wear too much and are too fussy.
You can’t see the person for all the clutter. -Julie Andrews

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