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Americans have more possessions than any society in history. Can we finally take control of them?
When the Amazon packages arrive at her door, Dana Harvey experiences one of two feelings: ecstasy or nausea. Harvey, 54, is a family therapist in Los Angeles who also practices another kind of therapy—retail.
She readily admits to indulging in those fleeting moments of joy that come from purchasing. But Harvey also realized the moments were piling up all around her. Her 8-ft.-long pine dining table soon disappeared under mountains of clothes, purses and books. She began making excuses about why her house was a wreck. Eventually she stopped having friends over. She was too embarrassed.
Last year, Harvey hired a professional organizer to help her get her things in order and curb her spending. Together, they threw out …