Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How Much Stuff Is Enough Stuff?

Only You Can Say...
If you have ever filled a drawer or closet to capacity (and not with aid of those clutter-busting organizers found in chain stores) you may recognize yourself a little more or a little less in one or both of these fascinating books.

In Stuff : Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, Dr. Randy O. Frost and Dr. Gail Steketee converse with people who aren't at all materialistic but who just can't seem to throw anything out. Every item has current or future meaning; every item is saved.

Annie Leonard, a point of view advocate for sustainability, approaches the subject from a different angle in The Story of Stuff, a print companion to her hugely popular animated Internet video of the same name. Catch an interview with the author (after the ad for stuff, of course) courtesy of ABC network TV's Good Morning America show.