The world is changing quickly. On one hand, most of the people on the planet are experiencing a global economic crisis, so people have to seek out smaller, less costly spaces in which to live. On the other hand, we are experiencing a global environmental crisis. Calls for sustainability are urging people to consume less and to try to live more simply. In part, the movement called the New Urbanism responds to both crises by promoting small, compact livable cities based on principles of energy efficiency and sustainability.
When both trends are considered together, it is clear that more and more people will be living in smaller and smaller spaces. Since all people tend to accumulate material goods, organization and storage become problems in small spaces. Designers are working on solving this relatively new contemporary problem with a broad array of ingenious solutions to storage problems that are increasingly common. These newly designed systems help to maximize the efficient use of available space in a small home. There are floor to ceiling shelving systems, for example, and closet organizers. A browse around the web will lead one to a number of suppliers. One good example is the Seville Classics site.