Book giveaway: Stuffocation - James Wallman

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This giveaway is sponsored by Penguin Life

We have more stuff than we could ever need – clothes we don’t wear, kit we don’t use, and toys we don't play with. But having everything we thought we wanted isn’t making us happier. It’s bad for the planet. It's cluttering up our homes. It’s making us feel 'stuffocated' and stressed – and it might even be killing us.

In this groundbreaking book, trend forecaster James Wallman finds that a rising number of people are turning their backs on all-you-can-get consumption, from the telecoms executive who's sold almost everything he owns, to the well-off family who have moved into a remote mountain cabin.

Wallman's solution to our clutter crisis is less extreme, but equally fundamental. We have to transform what we value. We have to focus less on possessions and more on experiences. Rather than a new watch or another pair of shoes, we should invest in shared experiences like holidays and time with friends.

With intriguing insights on psychology, economics and culture, Stuffocation is a vital manifesto for change. It has inspired those who have read it to be happier and healthier, and to live more, with less.

James' 5 Top Tips to a Clutter-Free Home

1. Put all your clothes on hangers facing the same way. When you wear an item, place the hanger the other way. You’ll quickly see how much of your wardrobe you never actually wear.

2. Put everything you own in a bag or box. If you use it within a month, keep it. Otherwise, throw it out. Be ruthless!

3.Take all the money you'd normally spend on non-essential stuff for a month and spend it on experiences instead: hikes, plays, trips…

4. Now that you have got rid of some stuff, DO NOT reward yourself by buying more! Retail therapy is not healthy!

5. Alternatively, if you think a friend needs a helping hand with their clutter… Go round and hide some stuff. If they notice it's missing, they can keep it – otherwise tell them to throw it out!

About the author:

James Wallman is a journalist, trend forecaster, speaker, and author. He has written for GQ, the New York Times, the FT, and advised clients such as Absolut, BMW and Nike. James wrote the futurology column in T3 magazine and was editor of The Future Laboratory's forecasting publication. He currently lives in London with his wife and children.

Find him on Twitter or visit his website

Book giveaway

Penguin Life have asked us to find 50 Mumsnetters to read Stuffocation and share their thoughts about it on the discussion thread. Fill in the form below to apply for your copy.

You don't have to win a free copy to take part in the discussion. Anyone who has read Stuffocation can post their feedback on the thread. All who post feedback before 28 March will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Love2shop voucher.

This giveaway closes Monday 15 February, so apply now!


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