Stuff: Americans are possessed with possessions, stuff that we treasure for personal reasons, some of which we have squirreled away in some remote closet that we haven’t seen (or needed) in years. We don’t really need that stuff, but it’s our stuff and we just can’t wrap our minds around parting with it. We keep some of our stuff, not because it has any real value, but because we have an emotional attachment to it. Americans are up to our “wazinkas” in stuff!
Often, we keep our stuff in large plastic storage boxes in the garage, the attic, the basement, or in an unused room in our home. Homes have been described as just large boxes where we keep our “stuff.”
Hoarding stuff spawned a television series dedicated to exposing the extreme of ordinary people who simply want their stuff where they can see it instead of packing it away in a storage box. “Yes, I know where my “Seal-a-meal” is, it’s under that pile over there where the corner used to be. No, I haven’t used it in years, but you never know!” Hoarding in storage boxes is just a little tidier way of hoarding stuff!
An entire industry was generated by people who ran out of space to store their storage boxes at home. Now storage units are available where we can pay a monthly fee and store the stuff, much of which we will never use again. The cost for a storage unit can vary by locale, but the average cost of storage units are: Small (5x5–5x10 ft.) @ $90 per month to larger garage size units (10x20–10x30 ft.) @ $290 per month.
And yet another spin off from the “Hoarder” TV series, called “Storage Wars,” was created by people who pay monthly storage fees for years, then decide “I really didn’t need that stuff anyway,” and quit paying the storage bill. The storage unit owner then recoups the unpaid rent by auctioning off the contents of the unit. Speculators, storage unit treasure hunters, hoping to make that big hit, a Faberge Egg, a Ming dynasty vase, or a lost Cezanne painting, bid on the abandoned stuff, most of which then ends up in a landfill.