Some people argue that an issue such as illegal immigration, climate change, or health care is the biggest problem facing the nation. More serious thinkers believe the large number of “real housewives” running freely throughout the land is the number one concern. Although the presence of these women is disturbing on many levels, it turns out that the real crisis facing the nation is that far too many people are obsessed with accumulating stuff. The scientific term for this stuff is “clutter”.
Some of the clutter consists of things people acquired when they came across an item that cost a few bucks and that was exactly what they had in their wallet or purse. While they didn’t need the item—which pretty much applies to all clutter—the price was right. It starts when someone says “Hey, do you want a ball of string, thirty empty coffee cans, and a game of checkers that is missing the board, seven red checkers, and three black ones? Just four bucks.” The answer is “Wow! I’ll take it. I have exactly four bucks.” Other types of clutter include such items as baby trinkets, school report cards, lots of knickknacks (with the emphasis being the “knicks” but not the “knacks”), a crumbled corsage from someone’s prom, broken tools, broken toys, and many mysterious items—mysterious because no one in the family ever saw them before.
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