When young people move out from home – either for college terms or more permanently – parents often find themselves looking after their offspring’s collections until, in theory, their owners move into a large enough space to be able to take them away.
Anyone who has ever sold their home will be familiar with the agents’ advice to remove “personal clutter” and create an open and neutral space into which viewers can project their imaginations.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
A couple of years ago a book by Japanese author, Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising, became an international best seller.
It is based on the principle that we should keep only those possessions that we truly love and will use and should be ruthlessly disciplined about getting rid of everything else. Her suggested methods,
Last August I wrote a post on hoarding “The UK a Nation of Hoarders” and following on from this and the last post “Smaller UK Homes” I thought that it might be worth revisiting the hoarding subject again, especially as we are now officially into Spring and Spring Cleaning is just around the corner!
In my original post I wrote –
What makes us a nation of hoarders?
According to new research from Cushman & Wakefield and the Self Storage Association UK (SSA UK), in March 2015 there were approximately 2,650 storage facilities in Europe, over 80% are located in just six countries.
The UK is the largest market with 40% of the total, followed by France, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Sweden.
UK (INC. CONTAINERS): Population: 64,100,000 Est. no. of facilities: 1,077
FRANCE: Population: 66,874,000 Est. no. of facilities: 336
THE NETHERLANDS: Population: 16,982,000 Est. no. of facilities: 282
SPAIN: Population: 47,727,000 Est. no. of facilities: 263