Materialism and mini storage

I found these snippets speaking to American culture on a mission mobilizer’s blog.

During much of the twentieth century, the aspiration of most middle-class Americans was to own a home and a car. Now more than two out of three Americans own the homes in which they live. In fact, some 13% of homes purchased today are second homes. As for autos, today the US has more licensed drivers – which means that on average, everybody who can drive has a car of his own.

Self-storage -a business devoted to providing a people a place to house their extra stuff has become a $17B annual industry, larger than the motion picture business.

When we can’t store our many things, we just throw them away. The United States spends more on trash bags than ninety other countries spend on everything. In other words, the receptacles of our waste cost more than all of the goods consumed by nearly half of the world’s nations – Polly LaBarre.

I don’t think I’ll ever be one to advocate an ascetic lifestyle; such is no more Biblical than the rich young ruler who chose his schtuff over an eternal reward. The last statement — speaking also to our throw-away or disposable culture — reminds me of a formal coat my grandmother has. She pulled it out of a California dumpster, still in its bag from the store.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

3 Responses to Materialism and mini storage

  1. tony sheng says:

    hi there, thanks for the link!

  2. who cares says:

    i don’t care but why is it bad for the bloody environment?

  3. TAE says:

    Sorry? I don’t know what you’re referring to when you say “it?”

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