I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my insatiable desire for stuff. And not just any old stuff: I want new stuff.

The other day, when I was scrubbing away at the rusty brass light fixture just outside my front door, I realized that the opposite of buying new stuff was taking care of my old stuff.

There’s a lot of discussion in some of the blog circles I frequent about changing the patterns of consumerism in our lives, and the concepts have intrigued me. But I know that I won’t be able to just stop doing something bad — like stop buying so much stuff — without also start doing something good — like start taking better care of the stuff I have.

So far it’s just a theory, but I think the opposite of consumerism is “stewardship.” (Now there’s a word loaded for bear.)

Any thoughts?