The Seven Deadly Organizing Sins: Gluttony

Here’s the second installment of my tongue-in-cheek series based on the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.

The sin of gluttony is pretty easy to identify as it applies to clutter. It means over consumption, particularly “to the point of waste.” We live in a retail culture and consuming is part of our identity. Americans are used to being referred to as consumers, cogs in the machinery of our economy. It’s our patriotic duty to buy stuff.

But at some point, you have to stop pointing your finger at insidious advertising and the countless other cultural messages compelling you to over consume. Take responsibility for what comes through your door and makes itself at home in your life.

Gluttony is what leads you to buy the latest gadget even though you don’t need it. Gluttony makes you want all the versions of something, in every color, instead of just one. Gluttony encourages you to go to the mall and shop because you feel the need to buy something, anything.

To avoid sin: Don’t shop just to shop; shop with a list in hand. Before you buy, ask yourself, do I need this? Do I love it? Where will I put it? How much will I use it? Is it easy to maintain and keep clean? Do I already have something just like this at home? If you’re replacing something, promise yourself to get rid of the old one.

Shopping carts from Stoichiometry‘s photostream