It's all very complicated - that is my thinking is all very complicated. Consciously and subconsciously I am giving myself a very hard time every single time I throw something away.
I'm caught in a kind of discomfort zone between the make-do-and-mend generation and the throw-away generation. And now that the throw-away generation are thinking twice about the wisdom of their ways it complicates decision making about 'stuff' even further.
The responsibility to save the planet weighs heavily!
For a clever, crude and very funny look at 'stuff' watch George Carlin here www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac (or Google You Tube George Carlin Stuff)
I try to keep the top of this cupboard clear of everything else except the bowl....and I keep the bowl empty. Very zen..