“To house their “stuff,” Americans spend $22 billion per year on 2.4 billion square feet of self storage.” ~newdream.org
I wonder if that includes the extra cost of garages that are too full of stuff for cars, of basements that aren’t liveable space but merely winding paths through piles of things that can’t even be recognized and that no one remembers? I wonder if it includes the cost of spare bedrooms and larger floor spaces in the living space in which “stuff” can be maintained and absorbed? Or the extra houses that some have bought, not to live in but merely to store things that might be worth something someday?
Apparently, the movement for downsizing and restructuring our lives is not nearly as new as I had thought. I found a video at a thrift store last night that was published by www.newdream.org in 2002. I’m familiar with the “hippies” in the 60s and 70s that lived with less so that they could live. Yes, they were a fringe group. Today more attention seems to be drawn to those of us who are choosing to live well with less. My hope is that the trend will continue, and more people will gain interest in sustainability and contentment.