Stuffocation by James Wallman (Spiegel and Wrau, March 2015) is an interesting analysis of the problem with materialism and a discussion of how seeking out experiences is more rewarding and fulfilling than buying things. I certainly appreciated the analysis of the problems of materialism (many of which I feel on a daily basis!) and I found the argument for experiences to be intriguing. But I also found the book as a whole seemed to drag through the points it made. I felt it could have held its own as a chapter in another book, without having to give all the examples that were so abundant.
That is not to say I cannot recommend it. I can! For those even more overwhelmed with things in their lives than I am, I suggest reading through the examples of how to simply minimize the clutter of our homes. It provides ample examples that can help those struggling to find balance.
Further, I certainly hope my loved ones don’t mind if I switch my gift-giving to more “experiential” gifts versus the materialistic gifts I’ve done in the past! I dislike the thought of things sitting around or cluttering already crowded homes, but I love the idea of giving a memorable time to those I love!
Note: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.