Metamorphoses, or how self-storage turned from homes into hotels
in Overwhelmed by overflows?

Too much stuff at home has been a moral center of debate since at least the late 1950s and early 1960s. Planning has become essential, and techniques for handling the growing influx of things developed both as a result of adjustments to everyday practices and professional help and guidelines, and an increasing assortment of furniture and accessories intended for storing things at home. Thus self-storage, which began to appear in the mid-1990s, and is now spreading all over the Western world. This phenomenon is usually interpreted as an example of overconsumption. In this chapter, however, self-storage is seen as providing the means of organizing space and controlling clutter, thus creating proper flows through homes and lives.

Overwhelmed by overflows?

How people and organizations create and manage excess


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