Every inch of space is
maximized and the sleek style
of the appliances is reflected
by the clean lines of the
cabinetry in a kitchen design
by Robin Baron.
(Image: Rob Karosis)
in Its Place
Let’s face it, North America: We are drowning
in having too much stuff. According to the
Los Angeles Times, there are 300,000 items
in the average American home. And, while
25 percent of people with two-car garages
don’t have room to park cars inside them, only
32 percent have room for one vehicle. Topping
that, one in 10 Americans rents off-site storage—
the fastest-growing segment of the commercial
real estate industry over the past four decades.
In Canada, one storage company alone—
StorageVault Canada—enjoyed revenue growth
of 150 percent in just one year, escalating from
$11.1 million in 2015 to $27.8 million in 2016.
That’s a lot of stuff.
Thankfully, a movement in recent years addresses
the idea of “decluttering,” and emerging
organizational gurus are teaching us to embrace
the idea of having too much stuff.
Take Marie Kondo, for example. The acclaimed
Japanese cleaning consultant and best-selling
author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
is all about “sparking joy” in her clients’ everyday
lives using her KonMari Method—a practice that
teaches people to recognize and keep only those
essential belongings that spark an emotional
connection (and rid items that don’t). If that’s
not enough for you, you could try other concepts,
such as “Swedish death cleaning,” a rational
and unsentimental approach basically aimed to
deal with our possessions long before we die.
It asks the question: “Will anyone I know be
happier if I save this?”
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