…a house full of stuff can be very depressing. A cluttered room saps one’s spirits. One reason, obviously, is that there’s less room for people in a room full of stuff. But there’s more going on than that. I think humans constantly scan their environment to build a mental model of what’s around them. And the harder a scene is to parse, the less energy you have left for conscious thoughts. A cluttered room is literally exhausting.
I absolutely agree with this statement. The more stuff I have lying around, the less focused I am, and therefore the less space there is in my skull to think about other things. I consider that wasted time, as who knows what kind of thoughts might have arrived?
I suggest reading the whole article as it articulates well the curse of ‘stuff’. I like the tone of the piece as it doesn’t expect a monk-like lifestyle, just that you maintain a strong mindset during moments of potential vulnerability, i.e. when in a store. As I’ve stated before, never think that marketing just happens by accident. At its best it’s a complex process of coercion. At its worst it’s an extremely effective system of indoctrination. Simply being aware of the game gives one a better chance of beating it, or at least learning to live with it.