Many roads lead to decluttering lives

aybe it's the economy, or maybe it's the need to feel neat and cleansed. Maybe it's TV shows such as "Hoarders," where the accumulation of household goods gets trashy and downright embarrassing.

Whatever the reason, Americans are reevaluating their relationship with their stuff.

There's too much of it. It clutters our lives. And many of us are saying we've had enough.

Tammy Borman lives in Zebulon with her husband, Duane, and three children ages 8, 9 and 15. She works for Home Depot. He works for a roofing supply company.

About a year ago, the family had a house fire. Working with the insurance company, Borman was required to list the entire contents of her home on paper.

"It kind of made you look back and say, 'You know, this is incredible,' " she said. "We have a thick book of just page after page of stuff, and when you have three kids, stuff tends to pile up quick."

he family didn't lose everything in the fire and was eventually able to move back into the home, but the Bormans' attitude had changed. They have had two yard sales and are preparing for a third.

"We're trying to look at each purchase and ask, 'Do we need it?'" Tammy Borman said.

Families such as the Bormans are moving toward decluttering for various reasons. They're feeling the continued pinch of the economy. They're prioritizing long-term financial goals above instant gratification. And even while consumers begin to loosen their purse strings just a little, they're just sick of having so much stuff cluttering their already-busy lives.

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