A postmodern study of contemporary domestic storage by Sophie Châtellier.
This article is part of the publication ‘Sooner, or Later’. 
This historiographical essay attempts to trace the history written on and around domestic storage practices in recent years (roughly from the 1980s until 2015). Through the research conducted for this essay it appears that the design historical practice has largely remained disinterested in storage objects such as wardrobes or inbuilt closets. In contrast, literature in popular press about ‘organising’ one’s life and ‘tidying up’ has multiplied in the past twenty years, and large corporations capitalise on our increased need to keep a sense of control over our often overwhelming amount of material possessions.
Visual Communication student Hanna Schrage has collaborated with me to produce a textual reflection on the contemporary concern about storage and organisation – both in a literal as well as a metaphorical way. Taking apart advertisements of major furniture and household wares sellers, the poet Thomas Dodds created a lyrical patchwork of fragments of contemporary language about storage and organising lifestyles for us. The graphic layout of the text itself, reflects on the organising aspect of graphic design – as a skill which in itself, is essentially that of organising texts and images. Just like the poem, the graphic form of the text gets confused, it’s meaning harder to access by the line, and at the end becomes sparse and fragmented.