Too Much Stuff

While traveling down in Delaware earlier in the week, I couldn’t help but notice how much open space there is there with wide swaths of farmland, wetlands, ponds and lakes. For a small state, Delaware has a lot of open space. However, I also noticed a couple of times along the way signs propped up along Rt.113 about the coming ‘Self Storage’ businesses that will be starting construction soon. It seems that no matter where you go, there never seems to be enough space for people to store their stuff. It’s the same in Baltimore as I know of five self storage businesses within two miles of my home. I don’t remember this being the case back when I was growing up in Baltimore in the 60’s and 70’s. Even though we had seven human entities existing in the same relatively small row home at one time, the house never seemed junked up with stuff, and there were never boxes piled up a corner. Perhaps we couldn’t afford to buy much back then, but I believe it was the same with most families. It seems that just within the last generation or so we have accumulated far more things than we need, hence the proliferation of the self storage business model, so that we can store things that we will probably never use somewhere out of sight but still in our possession. How we managed to get by back then with little material things is a wonder as now it seems that regardless of the size of the house we live in, there is never enough room for our belongings.