I’d not heard the word ‘Stuffocation’ before, but it says so much doesn’t it. Stuffocation is definitely the opposite of minimalism.

It sounds like something to describe being suffocated by stuff, and it conjures up such a physical reaction to the overwhelming feeling of stuff taking over.


I looked up the meaning of ‘suffocate’ and whilst its context is far more serious, its definition when adapted to a minimalist lifestyle fits just as well.


Stuffocate : verb

  • overwhelm, or cause to suffer from lack of focus and inability to simplify and do what is most important.
  • have or cause to have difficulty in finding what matters most
  • feel or cause to feel trapped and oppressed by belongings


I’ve adapted my own definition.

I’m not sure where this word came from or who coined it. A brief search finds a few suggestions on a minimalist lifestyle, but no originator.


The one thing I do know, is that next year I’ll feature in a book that’s entitled.

[easyazon_link identifier=”0241971543″ locale=”US” tag=”twolesthi-20″]“Stuffocation: How We’ve Had Enough of Stuff, and Why Experience Matters More Than Ever”[/easyazon_link] by James Wallman


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