Now before I get all you students of thermodynamics excited, this has nothing to do with thermodynamics.
The J-Factor to which I am referring is one that my husband coined the phrase for at our home. It has to do with the “Junk Constant” as he calls it. He says that at any one point in time there is a certain amount of broken things in this world and if one thing gets fixed something else must break to keep the Junk Constant in balance. So if we have something broken at our home and fix it, it means that because of the Junk Constant something somewhere else must break.
The J-Factor or Junk Factor is the amount of stuff that you own and how you are affected by the Junk Constant. I believe that the more stuff you have means you will be hit by the Junk Constant more frequently. It will make its way back to you sooner than someone who has less because your percentage of stuff in this world is higher than the person who has less.
One thing I thought about the J-Factor was that if I own very little but the things I own are just necessities such as the furnace I use to heat my home in the dead of winter, my car to get to work, washer and dryer, and other appliances and I don’t have much else then when I do get hit by the Junk Constant the impact may be greater on someone who has less than someone who has a lot of stuff.
I think I’ll take my chances with less even if the impact may be greater because if I haven’t spent all my money on unnecessary stuff chances are I will have the money to fix or replace that which is broken.