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Bewildering Array Of Things

There's a song that goes something like, "All these modern things have always existed.  They've just been waiting in a mountain for the right moment."  Those are the words of the inimitable Bjork.  I'm always reminded of Plato when I hear those lines, because that seems to be exactly what he was talking about when he philosophized about things.  But it wasn't my intention to talk about Greek philosophy.  Those lyrics always seem to come to my mind whenever I think about the overwhelming clutter of things that surround me every day.

 

I don't want to bemoan overmuch about the abundance of things that I have in my life because that is a very good sign that I"m well off - maybe even lucky, some might even say.  However, as with many things is life, with a blessing often comes a curse.  And what else would you call clutter?  It's usually not welcome, and something that people will even pay good money to get rid of.

 

So, what is wrong with having lots of stuff anyway?  I guess nothing is wrong with that in itself.  Who could refuse a new and better smart phone if there was one available?  And that's just one item in the category of communication gadget.  Think of all the other categories of things in existence: food items, transportation, clothing etc.  And each category has their own variety of paraphernalia that goes along with them.  Phones need chargers, cords, and various other things for example.

 

But there's nothing wrong with having all of that stuff.  At least not until you start running out of nicks and crannies in your home or places to store all of that stuff.  That's the problem in a nutshell - storage. 

 

I like to think the problem might not even exist (that is clutter) if the makers of such things and all the other modern items we take for granted had put a little for-thought into providing some kind of permanent storage solution into every thing that they sell.  But that's ridiculous right?  Not their job or responsibility.  No, the onus is on us to find out where and how to keep all of this stuff organized and tidy so that we can find it when we need it. 

 

Take for example that nifty popcorn maker you just had to have.  You might have even used it once or twice.  Later, you find yourself staring at a red machine perched on top of the china cabinet in the corner of the dining room for the rest of its and possibly your life.  I mean, where else do you put a bulky stand-up popcorn machine?  And why didn't the makers of popcorn machine provide a handy carry-all bag for it so that you can at least shove it in some closet in case you get sick of looking at it all the time.

 

Now, of course, some of us are better at organizing our things than other.  I suppose that's not going to change.  And that's probably good news for those clutter experts you see on reality TV.  In the meantime, I definitely have my own clutter to take care of and dispose of.