In our Winter 2020 issue, Moment opinion columnist Letty Cottin Pogrebin wrote about the Jewish relationship to stuff: “Jews have a complex relationship with our things. We’re savers; we don’t throw stuff away,” she wrote.
When her daughter hired a personal organizing service to help Pogrebin clear her closets of seemingly useless items, Pogrebin struggled to let things go. So much of her “clutter,” holds memories of childhood, times with loved ones and holiday celebrations Pogrebin explains. Her 16 artichoke plates may not seem necessary to keep and may sit idle in her kitchen cabinets, but they remind her of seders she used to host—a memory she is unwilling to let go.
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