This excerpt is from Gretchen Rubin’s piece entitled “Good Stuff”:
“ The things we own exert a powerful influence over the atmosphere of our homes. My large library of children’s literature, my friend’s collection of Maine paraphernalia — these contribute to, and reflect, our sense of identity. Objects received as gifts commemorate important milestones like weddings, births and graduations. Photos remind us of those we love. Possessions can’t make us happy alone, but they can indeed play an important role in a happy life.
The key to resolving the contradiction at the heart of ownership — the battling lures of accumulation and elimination — is to cultivate a true simplicity, in which we’re both surrounded by useful, beloved things and free from the oppressive weight of meaningless possessions.”
Here is the link to the full article: