Yes, this is a real issue.
A big selling point to any living space is how much storage there is. The reality is that we like our stuff and need a place for our stuff. There is nothing wrong with that. I moved to a new home last February and was so excited about the walk-in closet. Having all my clothes (and my husband’s) in one closet and able to see them all, feels so great.
Not having enough storage is a very common issue but over the years I see more and more cases of too much available storage space. You may be asking how is that not a great thing? Here is what I have observed as a professional organizer…
Too much storage can…
Make it difficult to find what you are looking for as there are more options to where it could be.
Increases the volume of stuff you purchase since space is not an issue. A side effect of this is you increase waste as many bulk items may expire before they get used or you forget you have them and buy more.
Create more clutter – excess surface space just gives you more room to create “piles” that just stare at you and make you want to run away.
Cause procrastination in downsizing. Out of sight, out of mind….until you have to move and end up doing a stressful crash downsizing session or paying movers to move things you do not need or want.
These are just a few of the negative consequences of too much storage. I’m sure you can come up with more once you start thinking about it. You can acquire stuff to fill your storage or create storage to fit your stuff. I am a big supporter of the later. There are so many creative ways to create storage space when it is needed. And a good purging session can take so much weight off the shoulders!
So, what is your situation? Do you have just the right amount of storage? Are there cabinets, closets, rooms that you have no idea what you would find in there? Do you need to get those creative juices flowing (either yours or a professional organizers) and get smarter with the little storage you have? Come up with a plan and take action today – it will be well worth it.
By Jennifer Gowler, Project Manager