james-wallman

Dad, author, futurist, experience economy evangelist. The Financial Times named TIME AND HOW TO SPEND IT one of the Books of the Year 2019 🙂

How to de-stuffocate and not get a headache

Getting rid of your stuff can be hard work. Working out what to throw and what to keep can be a real headache. Trying to work out how to manage all the stuff he’s accumulated over many years – during which time he and his photographer wife have raised three children – BBC London’s Robert Elms …

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How to de-stuffocate: the 30 Day Get Chucked Challenge

One of the first thoughts that comes into most people’s heads when they think about getting rid of stuff is something along the lines of: “yes, it’s a great idea, but with all this stuff, I don’t even kow where to begin…”And then, not only overwhelmed by all their stuff, but now overcome by the thought of …

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Publication day in the UK!

Today is the official publication day for Stuffocation in the UK. Which means the book is now available from all good bookshops, including Amazon.co.uk and Waterstones. Just thought I’d share that with you. Desperately proud and all that. This means you no longer have to pre-order the book – you can proper buy it! Also, great news (for you, not me!) is …

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Still a few tickets left!

There are still a few tickets left for the first talk about Stuffocation of 2015. (Actually, this is the first time I’ll be talking about the book since I finished the new version, so there’s all the new stories and research to draw from.) It’s in Bethnal Green, London, on 5 February, at The Studio Society, …

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Like to hike? You should: hiking leads to happiness

As if you didn’t know already… hiking is a sure path to happiness. It’s now been proved by a study from the University of Michigan in the US, and Edge Hill University in the UK that taking an outdoor walk improves your mental health. “Those who walked at least once a week experienced positive emotions and less stress”—Sara Warber, …

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Review: “A scintillating read that will provoke conversation”

This review, from Booklist, the website of the American Library Assocation, is one of my favourite so far. I’ve highlighted the best bits… Stuffocation: Why We’ve Had Enough of Stuff and Need Experience More Than Ever. Wallman, James (Author) Mar 2015. 266 p. Spiegel & Grau, hardcover, $26. (9780812997590). Spiegel & Grau, e-book With the widespread appeal of …

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When were YOU last HOT?

By that, I mean when did you last soak up the heat in a sauna? Probably too long ago. A 20-year study reported on the Harvard Health Blog strongly suggests that regularly spending time in a sauna may help keep your heart healthy and extend life. [Using a sauna] lowers blood pressure, and there is every reason to believe that its effects …

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Wall Street Journal: “a tipping point of clutter”

Today the Wall Street Journal has run a great piece on the problem of clutter and the “cult of tidying up”. The article supports the principle assertion of Stuffocation: that we have too much stuff! The article is based on the raging success of Japan’s “tidier-in-chief” Marie Kondo, whose book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up has …

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