Do You Have Too Much Junk in Your Home?

In this very instant, right where you are, you have everything you need to create the life of your dreams.

In fact… You Have Too Much.

We live in the most abundant times in human history. We’re so blessed, we’re stressed.

  • We have so many clothes, we often experience Apparelization: the stress felt undecided, frozen in our closets, paralyzed by our apparel.
  • Most Americans cannot fit their car in their garage.
  • Storage is a billion dollar business.
  • Our children have more toys and gadgets than their room was designed to hold. We get angry with them when it becomes a mess. But wait, who bought them all the junk?
  • We have so much food, that for the first time in human history it’s more difficult to keep excess fat off than it is to keep from starving.
  • We have “junk” drawers, closets and attics.
  • The endless barrage of information/entertainment streaming into our eyes hypnotizes us.

All this excess serves as one big distraction that takes our time, money and energy away from our hearts’ true desires. I call this stuff Chotchky: anything that does not support your life’s highest purpose.

In the blink of an eye we have done the miraculous. We have altered our environment to meet our needs. Millions of years of hunting and gathering have come to an end. But it’s in our DNA. We are still motivated by fear of “not enough.” And, ironically, that fear is now killing us. The next faze in the evolution of our species will be to alter our consciousness to match our new environment so that we no longer feel our purpose is to acquire more or die. Then peace of mind, joy, fulfillment and bliss will become the norm.

It’s simple.

Take all of the wasted time, money and energy you once spent on “Chotchky” and re-divert it into your passions, your dreams, your love relationships, your very soul, and watch as your life transforms right before your eyes.Continue reading on

Barry is a speaker, founder of Coexist Celebration, and the author of The Chotchky Challenge.

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Photo credit: Indi Samarajiva

Barry Dennis shares how our excess stuff can distract us from our true purpose in life.

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Marinalva Sickler

Excess, excess, excess. I count seven items out of my house every week. I'm getting them out.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

if you havent used/needed it in a year, it needs to go

Kay Martin
Kay M.2 years ago

Thank you for the article, and thanks to all of the over 120 members who gave some great ideas on decluttering and selling the goods for charity. Keep up the good work.

Ernie Miller
william Miller2 years ago

adopt the 9 month rule if you have not used it in 9 months then get ride of it. Why 9 moths and not 6 or 12? because 9 will get you to the start of the season you last used or wore it. it will also be at the start of the season so if you want to sell or donate it it will go fast. and face it if you have not used or thought about using it in that length of time you will not miss it. there are a few exceptions to the rule but not many.

Kitty Cather
Kitty Cather2 years ago


Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener2 years ago


Jenevieve P.
Past Member 2 years ago

Marilyn, here in Albuquerque, we have a privately owned pet store, who once a year has a HUGE yard sale. Everyone in the commmunity donates their home de-clutter items. After all the profits are tallied, the owner matches whatever has been made, and the procedes are divided equally to animal rescue shelters and organization. I have no clue what they made this year, but last year they contributed $16,000, so that means the yard sale made a total of $8,000 was made at the yard sale, and then the owner matched it for all the community rescue programs for dogs and cats.
You gotta get though, alot of folks who are cluttter bugs show up to buy more stuff, but their contribution goes to rescue animals. It still supports the law of cyculation, so it works itself year, those same folks will donate their unwanted stuff and it will go to a good cause. Something to think about.

2 years ago

Every year or so we have a huge yard sale and purge. What we don't sell, goes to the thrift shop run by the local animal shelter. It's a great way to promote re-use and recycling.

Also, once a year we tackle one room in the house and go through EVERYTHING in it...and get rid of a lot, and give it a good deep cleaning.

Nancilee I.
Nancilee I.2 years ago

I have never been a clothes horse, so excess clothing is not a problem fo me. I m a former pack rat, ang over the many years I had aquired WAAAAAAY too many do-dads & junk. I have been clearing out the excess stuff for a few years. It was not easy and went very slowly at first. I actually feel physically lighter after de-cluttering. Now, I DO have tons of books (ok, maybe not tons, but it feels like tons when moving), they stay with me. I am now working on paper clutter (scraps of paper with "important information" written on them). This whole de-cluttering thing was not easy for me in the beginning, but I kept at it... and if I can de-clutter, anyone can! :-)

Jenevieve P.
Past Member 2 years ago

Philipa,.. "Do we want it or Do we need it? should be the attitude we have when we go shopping! Then we would not have so much stuff in the first place!