Are we a nation of hoarders? Mother Jones published an article about the organization industry, and the numbers are a little scary. • 7 sq. ft. of commercial storage space exists for every American. • 1 in 11 households rents storage space, 1 million more households than 2 years ago. • Commonly hoarded items include mail, magazines, containers, clothing, food, books, notes, collectibles, broken items and garbage. We admit, we have a problem with over-organizing. When there's a "place" for everything, we pretend it's OK to have too much stuff. The problem with this rationalization is that it doesn't tackle the bigger issue of accumulating things we may not need.
Like most chronic issues, this is something that we face again and again, cleaning out our closets and searching AT for good recycling, auction and donation sites on a regular basis. Books are our biggest problem. We're wondering: How many of you have this problem and what do you keep accumulating? Where do you donate your extra stuff? Picture at top by Brian Ulrich, whose photographs of retail, thrift stores, and backrooms can be viewed here. Picture at bottom from the Container Store. (Re-edited from a post originally published 07.10.07)