Why I'm participating in the Ecochallenge:
I have been working over the past several years at getting each area [those highlighted on the Ecochallenge] under more realistic control. As a former farmer's daughter, I know first hand how to "use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" which is one of the mantras by which we were raised. Having gotten away from that as a 'city girl' it is necessary to get back to basics. None of us, including me, need all the 'stuff' we gather.
As an aside, have you reviewed the studies correlating clutter with weight challenges? Perhaps America would be a much thinner nation if we were to get away from the manic consumerism in which we engage.