Storage: Solution to Super-Saturation

Oh, how we accumulate possessions and a variety of things. Next thing we know, we have no more room for them. Storage becomes a problem.

That is man’s nature. We love to “have” things. Some even want to possess fellow humans. Man becomes excessively greedy if left uncontrolled. Oftentimes at the expense of others. That is love for power and wealth. The “feeling” of security in “having” everything.

But could we really have everything? No, we cannot. But despite this knowledge, we continue with the “habit” of “having”. One day we wake up and find the house full of things we do not really need. Not at the moment, at least. When we get the chance, we prioritise. It is sometimes a difficult task because there are many things that we cannot decide whether to keep or throw away. But we have to make decisions, somehow. After much self-debate, we finally pack those that we really do not need and better thrown away or donated somewhere where they will be needed or wanted. The more enterprising among us convert them to cash by conducting a “garage sale” or “rummage sale”. They mean one and the same thing but these terms are used by people and in places where one or the other is preferred.

Next thing to do is sorting out which ones are frequently or occasionally used. The more frequently used stuff are placed where they are within our reach in their designated locations of use within the house (or office/workplace). Those which are not too frequently used have to be placed storage in boxes, cabinets or cupboards and shelves where it will be easy to locate them when needed. Things and tools we hardly ever use but are thought to be important or too expensive to just be left to rot have to be kept, maybe in the attic. However, there will always be large possessions and those that are very important but have to wait for a long time before we will actively use them again, especially those that are “in the way” of doing our everyday chores. These are the things we have to keep outside the house.

Commercial storage facilities experienced a boom as a business with students seeking short-term storage for their things during term breaks, as bringing them home and back again when classes open proved to be too much of a hassle. These are self-storage facilities named so as they are self-service mini storage facilities that do not need so much maintenance because they are relatively small and situated among many others of practically the same size and type within a building or commercial complex. They are, however, secure and clean as part of the conditions of use agreed upon by both parties.

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