I just re-read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, after seeing Half-Blood Prince, and I found something that seemed relevant to organizing.
Voldemort split his soul into seven pieces, by murdering people, and he stashed these pieces inside seven objects: Horcruxes. As long as at least one Horcrux remained, he would live, no matter what happened to his body. Immortality! But he’s still vulnerable to Harry and friends, who seek out the Horcruxes to steal and destroy.
So we have this idea: A person owns several objects, each of which contains a piece of his soul. These objects keep him safe (in this case, from death). He must guard them carefully and keep possession of them. Unfortunately, in order to do this, he has to split his soul into pieces, which is damaging and makes him kind of crazy. Also, he is still vulnerable because his soul, essence, being, no longer resides in his body as it’s meant to do, where he can take full ownership of it, but it’s spread out among all these objects which have no intelligence or initiative of their own. I think that many people who own too much stuff believe unconsciously that their possessions hold pieces of their souls, and if those possessions were to be lost or destroyed, that their own existence would be threatened.
Objects can be very important. I own important objects, that I take care of and guard to some extent. If these things were destroyed or lost, I’d be upset. But I’d still be me, and still be whole. I am not my stuff.
Do you own any Horcruxes?