De-clutter and De-stress Your Life – Off The Grid News

Clutter has a habit of wreaking havoc on our lives.

I know because I used to be the biggest pack rat. I come by it honestly because both my parents were pack rats. It drove my husband nuts for years, because as an ex-Marine, he knows there is a place for everything – even if that place is the garbage…

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Is your stuff falling apart? Thank Walmart | Grist

Since 1994, the consumer price of apparel, in real terms, has fallen by 39 percent. “It is now possible to buy clothing, long a high-priced and valuable commodity, by the pound, for prices comparable to cheap agricultural products,” notes Juliet Schor. Cheapness — and the decline in durability that has accompanied it — has triggered an astonishing increase in the amount of clothing we buy. In the mid-1990s, the average American bought 28 items of clothing a year. Today, we buy 59 items. We also throw away an average of 83 pounds of textiles per person, mostly discarded apparel, each year.

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