What Can’t You Bear To Part With – Valued Possessions?

shoes on display

Shoe Collection

What Possessions can’t you bear to part with?

In 2015 anthropologists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) carried out a study into possessions in the average home. It found that even in the smallest home in their study, a house of 980 sq ft, there were, in the two bedrooms and living room alone





The Psychology Of Our Relationship With Our Possessions

Psychology and Possessions

Despite trends such as minimalism and decluttering and the “throwaway society” idea of the relentless pursuit of the newest and best, human beings are nothing if not contrary and many of us find it difficult to get rid of possessions.

The 19th Century British textile designer William Morris advised:


Suffolk Christmas Charity Events 2018

Doing something for charity in Suffolk at Christmas

Many people like to do something to help those less fortunate than themselves at Christmas, whether it is donating time or taking part in charity events.
Suffolk has a well-established tradition of such events and here are some for this year:
There will be a carol service at Christmas at St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 20 December 2018 in aid of Alzheimer’s society.


HomeStore Amusing Stories

hand grenade

Hand Grenade

There’s humour in self storage

There have been some amusing uses of self-storage over the years and plenty of jokes. Here are some of the best:

This Amusing one is from Australia (perhaps we take self-storage more seriously in the UK):

In a 24-hour access unit the staff noticed a tenant coming and going usually late in the day. It wasn’t until there was a fire that they found out why. The married tenant had been using his storage unit to meet his, also married, girlfriend and had installed a queen size mattress in the middle of the floor that was surrounded by candles. He was found out after one of the candles was accidentally knocked over, setting fire to their discarded clothes. The two, presumably naked, had to flee the now-burning unit to considerable embarrassment and a hefty insurance bill.

Another fiery story, this time from the USA:

A tenant used their self-storage unit to keep six pet snakes. Snakes need to be kept warm and the owner therefore installed a 100-watt bulb to keep the unit warm. Unfortunately, the bulb caused a short-circuit precipitating a fire that spread to more than 30 other units. Roasted snake anyone?
Picture ID: A customer arranging the rental of a self-storage unit was asked for two forms of picture ID. Somewhat annoyed, the customer produced their driving licence, grabbed some scissors from the office desk and cut it in half. Some people!
Sometimes people have difficulty visualising the dimensions of a space and how much they can fit into it. This confused customer had difficulty deciding on the size they wanted but eventually settled on a 10ft by 10ft space. When the unit manager explained that this dimension was the footprint, and that the unit was 8ft high, the customer said: “So…I can stack things UP?”
Sign outside US storage unit: “Storage Wars not filmed here.”
Husband to wife: “Hey, sweetheart, will you do me a favour?”
Wife: “Of course, what is it?”
He: “When I die will you sell all my stuff from the storage unit?”
She: “Why?”
He: “Because I don’t want some idiot using my stuff.”
She: “Don’t worry, dear, I won’t marry an idiot again”

And finally, since it will soon be Christmas, a cracker joke or two:
Why did Santa Claus steal a big letter ‘S’ in January? Because he needed elf Storage.
What type of dinosaur puts Jane Eyre into self-storage? A Brontë-store-us.


Annual Business Review

Have you done your annual business review?

Traditionally late December and early January are the times when activity can be a little quieter and businesses take the opportunity to review how they have performed over the previous year.
Depending on how well they have done in reaching their goals for the year as well as developments in their industry sector this can be a time for making significant changes for



Homes Through the Ages

The stuff we think we need – it wasn’t always so

While most of us wouldn’t want to go back to the way people lived centuries ago, it is interesting to look at the development of possessions through the ages.
It is only in the last hundred years or so that what we consider the essentials in our homes has become such a long list.