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.

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Overwhelmed by overflows?

How people and organizations create and manage excess

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