In the book, forecaster and social commentator Wallman painted a picture of a future where we would live with less. And he laid out a manifesto based on new scientific research that shows, if we want to be happy, we should spend less on stuff and more on experiences instead.
Now, a new piece of research not only gives a glimpse into the stuffocation happening in homes across the UK today, it also sheds some light on why we’re all finding it so hard to de-stuffocate.
The new research, conducted in May 2016 by comparethemarket.com, revealed that one in two of us (54%) admit to holding onto things longer than we need to. It found that a small, but significant minority of us, end up with so much stuff we have to move to a bigger house to fit it all in. Almost 8% of Brits — that’s five million people — say they’ve moved home for this reason.
“That’s deeply worrying,” says Wallman. “If you think about the science that shows experiences bring more happiness than material goods — and the research that shows that moving is one of the most emotionally painful things you can do — moving house to fit in more stuff makes no sense at all. Instead, you’d be better off getting rid of some of your things. The house you’re already in will feel like a new home. And you’ll have a saved a tonne of stress and money.”