The entrepreneur inside me awakes from time to time and won’t leave me alone..
Lately I’ve been thinking of ways to help people get rid of things they hoard. The impulse of collecting stuff “in case of need in the future” to me is psychological condition with little connection to reality. Rationally, the value of thousands of books, kitchenware and product packaging does not explain the cost of renting or owning a larger living space to store them, move them and maintain them (and the mental burden associated with those tasks).
I’ve come up with the idea of having objects “expire” after a certain period (much like food) to make it easier for me to get rid of stuff for which I have an emotional attachment but are no longer “relevant” (like a jumper given to me by an ex, or my first ever mobile phone).
But what if there was a local “service” that would agree to take this stuff, catalogue it for you, store it and mail you back anything you “needed”? What if you could even have access to other people’s stuff? What if you could get notified in case somebody wanted to rent or buy your things? Would you pay for such a service?