From Paul Graham's classic 2007 essay on stuff:
"I have too much stuff. Most people in America do. In fact,
the poorer people are, the more stuff they seem to have.
Hardly anyone is so poor that they can't afford a front yard
full of old cars.
"It wasn't always this way. Stuff used to be rare and
valuable. You can still see evidence of that if you look for it.
For example, in my house in Cambridge, which was built in
1876, the bedrooms don't have closets. In those days
people's stuff fit in a chest of drawers...."
Full essay here.