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The average American household has approximately 300,000 items. How do these items affect our lives? If you think they don’t, consider the following: Americans spend $1.2 trillion on nonessential goods every year and over the course of our lifetime, we spend 3,680 hours or the equivalent of 153 days searching for missing items. The good news is we don’t have to let our stuff control our lives. In this presentation, Dr. Kelly Kandra Hughes, PhD, discusses ways to minimalize our relationship with stuff, including practical advice for decluttering and ways to keep our unwanted stuff out of landfills. 


Dr. Kelly Kandra Hughes earned her PhD in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She became fed up with all her stuff after moving three times in four years. With each move, many boxes remained unopened until it was time to move again. Realizing she didn’t need most of what she owned, Kelly gave away, donated, sold, or trashed 95% of her belongings. She has never been healthier or happier. Her writings on minimalism has been featured on websites such as No Sidebar, Tracking Happiness, UpJourney, and The University of Surrey Centre for Environment and Sustainability.

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