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Q: “How Do I Declutter My Home and Stop Collecting Stuff?”

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Q: “I am so ashamed and frustrated by all the stuff my family has — buckets of photographs and hand-written notes, bookshelves overflowing with books, rooms filled with unopened toys and unworn clothes, and an unusable garage.

How do we stop collecting clutter? I keep spending money buying things I can’t find or don’t remember having. Is this even normal?” — TommanHi Tomman:Yes, it’s normal.

Let me provide you with some statistics to illustrate. In 2012, the Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) at UCLA studied the home lives of middle-class, dual-income families — and specifically their priorities regarding “their stuff” and how it affected the rhythm of their daily family life.

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