… So when you get right down to it, your house is nothing more than a place to keep your stuff … while you go out and get … more stuff. ‘Cause that’s what this country is all about. Tryin’ to get more stuff. Stuff you don’t want, stuff you don’t need, stuff that’s poorly made, stuff that’s overpriced. Even stuff you can’t afford! Gotta keep on gettin’ more stuff. Otherwise someone else might wind up with more stuf. Can’t let that happen. Got have the most stuff.
This George Carlin bit is something that’s been on my mind since we moved into a new house just over a month ago. It’s just over a thousand square feet with a totally unnecessary extra bedroom and tons of closet space. (I had hoped to find a smaller house, but most of the available houses around here are significantly larger. The average new house size is 2700 square feet, it’s crazy!) Anyhow, the really amazing thing is that all the closets are totally full! The extra bedroom, every closet, full of stuff. How did this happen?
I’ve been trying to avoid buying new, but there are second-hand finds, curbside finds, and hand-me-downs from family who have long been accumulating more stuff themselves. We now have extra blankets, sundae glasses, and way more caulk than we could need.
So now you’ve got a houseful of stuff. And, even though you might like your house, you gotta move. Gotta get a bigger house. Why? Too much stuff! And that means you gotta move all your stuff. Or maybe, put some of your stuff in storage. Storage! Imagine that. There’s a whole industry based on keepin’ an eye on other people’s stuff.
No way! If we move to a new house someday, it had better be smaller and easier to clean. And if you ever catch me putting stuff in a storage unit, don’t be afraid to give me a good shake. For some people it may be the right choice, but I’m one of the majority that just doesn’t need it.
BTW, if you’re interested in reading the full Carlin rant on stuff, check out his book Brain Droppings from your local library.