We live in an age of abundance, and the moment that you open your wallet to buy something, it costs you – and not just financially. Each new possession requires space, cleaning and maintenance, not to mention disposal when the time comes.
With an estimated $830 spent on gifts during the 2015 holiday by the average U.S. adult, a lot of Americans will be feeling the strain of ‘stuffocation’, a term coined by author James Wallman to describe how our addiction to buying stuff comes to dominate every aspect of our lives.
Housing size, for example, has ballooned in the last 60 years.
In 1950, the average size of a new American home was 983 sq. ft. for 3.37 occupants.
By 2011, that had grown to 2,480 sq. ft. for 2.6 occupants.
But the USA’s $24bn personal storage industry proves that those supersize homes still aren’t enough for all our stuff.
25% of people with 2-car garages don’t have room to park their cars inside them.
32% only have room for one vehicle.