Do you think that self-storage is only for people wanting to store furniture while they wait to move into a new house? Think again – several national newspapers have recently reported on some of the more unusual uses for self-storage units around Britain, and you may find it hard to believe some of them!
Things We Just Can’t Throw Away
Keeping unused possessions with great sentimental value comes high on the list for many families. The Daily Telegraph reported a survey of storage unit users that highlighted old toys as one of the most common things to be found in a self-storage unit. Scalextric tracks and collections of vintage comics are particularly likely to be kept because of the memories associated with them.
Hot on the heels of toys come old clothes – because they either don’t fit or have fallen out of fashion. Clothes often have a powerful association with significant life events, and many an outfit worn on a first date, to a wedding or to some other special event can be found in one of the UK’s self-storage units. According to the survey, a wedding dress is the item of clothing most likely to be kept for years after the event.
Space for Making a Living
Small business owners and hobbyists account for a growing proportion of Britain’s self-storage users, according to The Independent and The Guardian. In the former category, both papers report the success of a highly popular martial arts gym housed in a Reading storage unit, while other commercial ventures include a bird-keeping supply business, a distributor of used prosthetic limbs and a music academy.
Hobby enthusiasts are to be found in storage units across the country. Music rehearsal venues are popular, and at RSS we know of several local groups that use self-storage for lighting and other stage equipment. You’ll also find fantasy adventure enthusiasts who keep role-play costumes in their units, dancers with makeshift studios at a fraction of the cost of a professional facility and volunteer groups with all types of equipment.
I Need More Room …
If you recognise yourself in one of these categories, or if your home is just that bit too small for all your “stuff”, self-storage could well be the answer. You get a generous amount of space at modest cost, and complete flexibility to change or terminate your agreement at short notice.
RSS offers practical, affordable storage facilities for short-term or long-term use, and there are only a few sensible restrictions on the type of goods you can store. All our units offer seven-day access during normal opening hours, and you can drive right up to your unit for easy loading and unloading – we accommodate cars, vans and small trucks.
Call us to find out more about our low-cost storage units in Reading – you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to create that extra bit of space in your home.