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Too much stuff?

How clutter can take a toll on your family's spirituality

In some family homes, clutter is everywhere. Closets brim with cast-aside toys and outgrown children's clothes. Boxes stack up in the garage or basement. What's more, some families rent storage units to make room for the overflow.

No matter if the items belong to the parents or kids, too much stuff can take a toll on a family's spirituality. As our belongings grow, they can divert attention and time away from richer aspects of life, such as our relationships.

"Our possessions can definitely affect the choices we make and how much we feel like we can share with others," said Lisa Stark, interim director of the East Valley Lutheran Thrift Shop in Mesa, Ariz., which resells donated household items and uses the profits for grants to charitable causes.


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