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My clutter reveals my true self. My wife's clutter reveals shoes

I love looking at other people's homes for much the same reason I love listening to people tell personal stories: I get to judge them. So I was totally into Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century, a book about an 11-year UCLA project studying the homes of 32 Southern California self-described middle-class families with two working parents and two or three kids at home. It is one of the most amazingly depressing things I've read: a study of clutter, consumerism, chaos, Costco and, in the saddest cases, cats.

Soon, though, I started to wonder how my house compared with the...

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