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Let it go: Creating new family traditions to end clutter

A study by UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives of Families looked at how 32 middle-class families in Los Angeles lived in their homes.

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It keeps coming into homes with the full backing of traditions, holidays, celebrations, rituals and even the search for happiness. Millions of marketing dollars encourage it. The economy depends on it. Kids demand it.
It fills rooms, closets, garages and storage units.
It is stuff — the possessions that increase with every birthday, holiday and retail therapy jaunt.
"We are at this unique point in western civilization," says Anthony P. Graesch, co-author of a major study on possessions in America titled "Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors." "The individual household, the individual family, has never ...

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