Society doesn't help the situation. We are constantly bombarded by people telling us that we "deserve" luxuries. Why? Because you're special? No, because they want money. There was a time when uniqueness was expressed through ideas or actions. Buddha, Christ, Ghandi, and Karl Marx aren't remembered for what kind of clothes they wore. Did they have fancy gold necklaces or diamond codpieces? If anything they were known for their renouncement of luxuries. Now we have Kim Kardashian who is known for what she wore and completely disregarded for what she says.
The irony of our entire civilization is that Tyler Durden was right. The things you own end up owning you, even though society constantly tells you that you need them in order to obtain happiness. Americans have a very bad habit of loving everything. We love our cars, our house, a pair of designer jeans, college football, pizza, and just about whatever inanimate object that strikes our fancy. In the end, these things we love destroy our freedom and tie us down. "I'd love to take a trip around the world for a year, but you know I can't just stop paying my mortgage, car loan, student loan, my kid's college savings plan, and credit card bills." Where did the "need" for all this shit come from??
I only have one of the problems stated above, but there's an area that I've been meaning to simplify. In order to make my life easier, I'm going to donate half of my clothes and then wear the same thing to work every day. Einstein would be so proud. The less you have, the freer you are.