After Graham Hill made a whole lot of money selling his internet business, he bought a huge house, a 5-disc CD changer, and more. In fact, his house was so big, Graham had to hire someone to go pick out things he could buy to fill the house:
My house and my things were my new employers for a job I had never applied for.
Now Graham lives in a 420-square-foot apartment in SoHo.
It seems to me that our tendency is to accumulate and hold on to stuff. We swell to our surroundings, sometimes at the peril of our own health, finances, and/or relationships. It takes intentionality to do the opposite.