Why do we store stuff?

Since the large forest fire outside my village in Sweden in 2014, I have re-calculated the value of stuff.

My vision: It's better to give or sell stuff instead of storing them year after year. When you finally need the stuff - you can easily buy it or get it for free. Easily said than done.
My vision: It’s better to give or sell stuff instead of storing them year after year. When you finally need the stuff – you can easily buy it or get it for free. Easier said than done.

Most of our things are replaceable

I’d love our society to develop in the way where we use our stuff instead of storing them. So many storage rooms are full of things families store “just in case” they maybe would need it, or:

-“I don’t want to throw it away because it was a gift from someone 20 years ago.”

My children received a bike from a family who is related to us. I think they had inherited the bike from me in 1992. All their three children used the bike in the 1990s. But since 2004 the bike had been stored while waiting for a new inheritor. Ten years later the bike was given to my child.

What had happened to the bike?

It had gotten old. The plastic parts were dry. It broke.

I think it is a showing example.

We like to keep our belongings within the family. We tend to store them years after years without thinking of the fact that parts get old. Fashion change. Probably we keep stuff because we don’t know whom to give them to.

Of course, if we store the stuff long enough it becomes fashionable again as retro style.

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Jag vill sprida kunskap och väcka tankar och engagemang i miljöfrågor. Därför driver jag företaget Viveco och arbetar som miljöutbildare och miljökonsult. Kontoret har jag i Norberg men jag är verksam över hela länet och landet.