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As someone who sold her home & most of her possessions to create/facilitate a volunteer literacy procject, I can say without a doubt stuff is over rated. I'm much more fulfilled. And when you've got to carry your stuff village to village you truly understand how little you need. Great experiment & here's to more of us making these choices!
Sofa crashers sort of know how much they need. However, most of us just plain have too much 'stuff.' Hunter/gatherers understood if you must carry it on your back, you only take the bare minimum. Stress comes with the inconvenience of hauling it around (even if it is only in your mind).
Interesting concept!! Peace Corps Volunteers have been doing this experiment forever!! My daughter is in Peace Corps in Swaziland and very happy - no running water, no refrigeration and 1 light bulb!! Her motto - "Sunshine Outlook"!!