The eminently quotable Paul Graham:
Companies that sell stuff have spent huge sums training us to think stuff is still valuable. But it would be closer to the truth to treat stuff as worthless.
In fact, worse than worthless, because once you’ve accumulated a certain amount of stuff, it starts to own you rather than the other way around.
This became rather obvious to me over the past few days, as we brought all our stuff back home from storage.
And the fact that we have apartment-sized buildings to hold all our extra stuff says a lot about our culture as well.