“A house is just a pile of STUFF with a roof on it.” George Carlin

With his upbeat and unique approach, Dave Downs explores the many reasons that our draws, closets and garages get filled with STUFF. Downs offers helpful hints for managing this difficult problem. Dave uses colorful stories throughout the talk to engage as well as inform the audience. You may recognize a part of yourself in these stories.

Do you have difficulty discarding items you no longer use or need? Do you have outdated knick-knacks or unclaimed things your grown children have left behind?

Did you know that 40% of Americans can’t fit a car into their garage?

Ten percent of American households have so much STUFF that they have to rent space at a storage facility?

We all have STUFF! Why do we acquire and save more possessions than we need?

What happens when our stuff starts to own us? Why can’t we just throw things away?

Dave offers positive suggestions to overcome this widespread problem. Using himself as an example, Downs explores the many, sometimes comical, reasons that our sheds, garages and homes get filled with STUFF and what to do about this common problem.

Participants will leave knowing that if we are thoughtful about what we acquire; what we keep and what we discard, we will start to reverse the tendency to bury ourselves in “treasures!”


In his charming, humorous way, Downs is reaching hundreds of people with his talk, Downsizing Your Stuff: Clutter Control is for everyday citizens who strive on getting rid of excess. He travels from Massachusetts and Rhode Island to Connecticut and New Hampshire to talk before audiences in libraries and senior centers. “It’s a fun program for the average person – not for hoarders,” he said, “No one goes home feeling guilty. I make fun of myself talking about overbuying bargains.”

Michelle BerMas, Whitman-Hanson Express

David Downs does not claim to be any expert of organization. He doesn’t own a cleaning business, or sell containers meant to turn a home into a place for wall-to-wall cubbies and bin labels. He simply has experience with stuff, specifically having too much of it. “Why get rid of clutter? The number one reason is that you’ll end up feeling better about yourself and your house.” Downs said. “It’s kind of a downer, and it drains energy.”

Meghan Kavanauh, Valley Breeze

“The question I like to ask  is this,” he jokes: “With all the things in your life, are you any happier than your dog?...Dogs don’t need much stuff to make them happy.” He adds.

Downs says participants will leave knowing that if they’re thoughtful about the items they aquire…what they keep and what they discard…they can start to reverse the tendency to bury themselves in treasures. He says…his program remains lighthearted and informative.”

Nancy Burns-Fusaro, Front Porch News, Westerly Sun

Rehoboth Senior Citizens enjoyed an informative presentation by Dave Downs, a retired Rehoboth school teacher. Downs humorously outlined ten common reasons why the average American has so much stuff and what to do about it. Those reasons ranged from, “We might need it someday” to “We can’t resist Yard Sales or a Bargain!” Downs gave many suggestions for reversing these tendencies; beginning the decluttering process and how to dispose of the STUFF you decide to let go.

Rehoboth Senior Center News


“We had such a good time with you!”

Faneuil Branch, Boston Public Library

Thank you for a very enjoyable and informative talk on Clutter Control…You were punctual (early!) and made all your points clearly and with great humor. I have…received a lot of positive feedback, and you may be sure that I will be happy to pass along your information to other interested people…Thanks for the wonderful presentation!”

Friends of the Lynnfield Library

“Thank you so much for presenting a great and timely program! You gave us all a lot to think about and some helpful solutions to our clutter problems. I will recommend you to my colleagues. Thanks again!”

Charlestown Branch, Boston Public Library

Thank you so much for the humorous presentation you provided for our senior center. I have had so much positive feedback and wonderful results. I found the presentation extremely informational and delivered in a funny, laid back manner which was easy to identify with.” f

Spencer Council on Aging

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