Less is more’ seems to be the new mantra in the UAE as residents choose to downsize materialistically and embrace a more de-cluttered approach to life. This is in line with a growing global trend which is seeing a shift towards ‘living light’; the LA Times reports that US households contain, on average, an astonishing 300,000 items, from paperclips to chairs. With so many possessions taking up valuable space in people’s homes, it’s no wonder that the UAE’s residents are following suit and shedding superfluous items.

 

Leading Dubai-based e-commerce site EZHeights.com has witnessed a steady increase in the amount of household goods posted on the site, lending support to the notion that people are actively trying to pare down on material possessions. With research suggesting we consume twice as many material goods today as we did 50 years ago, it’s all to easy for people to accumulate too much ‘stuff’ - closets are full, drawers won’t close properly and we’re constantly sorting through and organising items. And with a finite number of resources available on the planet to create these objects in the first place, there has never been a better time to cut back on the clutter.

“We are seeing more and more people adopting a ‘less is more’ attitude as time goes by. People are realising that not only is it more environmentally friendly to get rid of unused items; it also frees up extra room in the home – especially important for the thousands of Dubai’s residents who live in apartments. Buying second-hand is more cost-effective than buying new and there are often some real treasures to be found for a bargain price,” says Adham Saleh, Managing Director of EZHeights.com

Saleh adds that advances in technology enable consumers to rely upon fewer electronic goods with one single, multi-tasking gadget frequently taking on the role of many: “An alarm clock, telephone, radio, computer, diary, camera and calculator can now all be found in one device – the mobile phone. We’re also becoming increasingly ‘paperless’ with documents and images stored on the cloud. In the 21st century our lives arguably have the potential to be more streamlined than ever, hence the growing trend of ridding ourselves of superfluous junk.”

 

Source: Q Communications