“To house their “stuff,” Americans spend $22 billion per year on 2.4 billion square feet of self storage.”

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 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.


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on August 18, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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