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Most of us suffer from it or with it. We’re surrounded by things that don’t please us or make us well and yet we can’t seem to stop the cycle of acquisition. What makes us do this? Depending on whom you ask, the reasons can range from physiological to psychological and I’m certainly not going to presume to know the reason.

I do know that when James and I were married, we lived in about a 450 sq.ft. home with no attic, garage or storage building of any kind. I had lived there for five years before we met and James and I lived there for two years after we were married. Things were tight.

Now, we live in a 990 sq.ft. home with a very large attic, woodshed, greenhouse, potting shed and garage. We’re bursting at the seams, folks. We’ve had approximately three years to accumulate this pile of stuff–and accumulate we have! Now is the season to downsize. I have eBayed to no avail, given away, garage saled and etsied–The Home Gnome. Things are starting to feel better. Can’t wait to be the owner of things and NOT owned by things.

affluenza–a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of “more.”–John de Graff