Clutter as Misplaced Valuing: (Mis)Treating Objects as Ends in Themselves
Ethics and Political Philosophy
Almost everyone sometimes experiences their stuff as clutter. In this paper, I explore causes of this, suggesting that we sometimes come to treat our stuff as an end in itself, rather than as instrumental to our happiness. The cure for clutter, then, is to reorient ourselves so that our stuff becomes subordinate to our projects, and thus helps us to live according to our values, rather than hindering us.
Stonestreet, Erica, "Clutter as Misplaced Valuing: (Mis)Treating Objects as Ends in Themselves" (2012). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 2.