Whether out of necessity or as a leisure activity, shopping plays a big role in our modern, everyday lives. Yet lots of shopping can mean lots of clutter. If you're really serious about de-cluttering and getting organized, Peter says you can't just purge—you also have to slow or stop the volume of stuff that's coming into your home.
Peter takes a closer look at why we shop and how we can stem the tide of things coming into our homes. He talks with Dr. April Lane Benson, a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder, about how to rein in excessive shopping habits. Then, Peter talks to Paco Underhill, author of Call of the Mall, about how consumers can shop smarter.
Many people today love to shop till they drop—but sometimes a person's shopping can get out of control and can even become an addiction. "There is a constant search for more, better, different, and the function of the shopping is to deal with some kind of emotional issue, some kind of psychological issue," Dr. Benson says. Here are a few simple question she says you can ask yourself to assess your relationship with shopping:
Dr. Benson also offers these tips to keep your shopping in control:
Paco Underhill is a best-selling author and authority on shopping who says the saga of humankind can be told—at least in part—through the story of shopping. He shares some ways you can be a smart shopper:
Plus, Peter talks about the phenomenon that is the Mall of America with its director of public relations, Dan Jasper. Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, the Mall of America is the largest mall in America and includes not just stores, but theaters, restaurants, an indoor amusement park, aquarium, wedding chapel and much more! "I see a lot of our visitors come here for the total experience beyond shopping—they buy things, but they also do the other things," Dan says.