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Chuck the clutter.

COLUMN: In our opinion

Teens, 20-somethings and newlyweds are on the opposite end of the clutter curve from many of us. They want stuff - for houses, careers, school, fun, the future.

At some point, though, we cool to all that acquiring. Possessions reach a peak, and begin to seem like impediments. That's when it's time to get rid of some things - maybe to someone who's just getting started or otherwise in need.

It's something to think about while holiday shopping. Is what glitters today going to clutter tomorrow? Gift certificates, or presents that are experiences instead of items, can avoid the clutter curse. Meanwhile, excess stuff can be sold, donated to a social services agency, or perhaps bestowed on the newest young person in your circle who is setting up house.

Your trash could indeed be their treasure - unless it's just trash.

If you're a young someone dealing with questionable leftovers from your Thanksgiving visit - cruddy curtains dredged from the basement, perhaps, or someone's grandmother's faded prized peacock feathers - there's a chute at the end of the hall, or a Dumpster downstairs, that will collect the goods and chuck it.
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Title Annotation:EDITORIAL
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Nov 29, 2011
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