Modern homes lousy at storing our possessions

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Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series. With apologies to the late, great George Carlin, where do keep your stuff? Everybody has stuff. We Americans like to keep our stuff in the garage, instead of parking our cars there. We park the cars in the driveway, or on the street, so our garages can hold more stuff. But some people don't stop there. They cram the kitchen, the bathroom, sometimes the whole house full of stuff. Yup, we Americans sure love our stuff. We buy more and more of it every year, never doubting that we'll be a lot happier as soon as we get our hands on even more stuff. This is a big comfort to our corporate marketing pals, who would really panic if we suddenly stopped buying all their stuff. Rather than making us happier, though, what really happens with most of this stuff is that we just get tired of having it. You know the stuff I'm talking about: the fancy exercise machine with the digital readout; the bread, popcorn, peanut butter and yogur...