Songs About Organizing: Eddie Vedder

I’m starting a new theme here.  Every now and then I hear a song lyric that resonates with me on an organizing level.  Some are great motivators to get organized.  Some have to do why we have to get organized.  Today’s falls into the latter category:

It’s a mystery to me.  We have a greed with which we have agreed.  You think you have to want more than you need.  Until you have it all you won’t be free… I think I need to find a bigger place.  ‘Cos when you have more than you think, you need more space. – Eddie Vedder, Society, Into The Wild

I spend all day dealing with people’s stuff.  Closets, cabinets, drawers full of stuff — often, stuff that’s been forgotten — stuff that’s not being used.  I’m all for having useful items on hand, but remember – it’s not useful if it’s not being used.  And all that “useful” stuff that’s not being used is taking up space (often times, space that we don’t have to spare).

What did I take away from Vedder’s lyric?  We are a culture of consumers who have been trained to want more than we have.  If you stick to your needs and don’t get carried away with the wants, then you won’t need more space.

Thanks for letting me muse on this music,

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One Response to Songs About Organizing: Eddie Vedder

  1. […] Songs About Organizing: Eddie Vedder, the Redux So, I was away this weekend with the biggest Pearl Jam fan I know. Potentially the biggest Pearl Jam fan anyone knows.  So I was obviously very excited to tell him that I had just written this great post about the song Society. […]

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