December is crazy. It’s chaos for most American families. We’re rushing from one party to the next, getting the shopping done, and wrapping up the year at work and at home, hopefully before we have all the kids in the house full-time for their two weeks off.
December also tends to highlight our consumeristic tendencies. We go from celebrating thankfulness and contentment on Thanksgiving to the mad dash for cheap stuff on Black Friday. Just take a glance at the condition of the Nike Outlet Store in Seattle after Black Friday shoppers went a bit mad…
— Sneaker News (@SneakerNews) November 27, 2016
If you don’t think consumerism is that much of a problem for us, consider some highlights of this story from Becoming Minimalist‘s website – 21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own:
There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times).
The average American throws away 65 pounds of clothing per year (Huffington Post).
Americans donate 1.9% of their income to charitable causes (Continue Reading