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
Late February and early March see couples, but especially prospective brides, thoughts turn to wedding fairs and inspiration, help and advice on planning the big day.
Whether it is to be a small, intimate occasion or a
Anxiety is a normal and essential response in the human body, signaling our nervous system in reaction to feelings of endangerment. It’s important to recognize that the distinction between healthy anxiety
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:
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.
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?”
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.
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
In a recent blog we looked at the history of furniture through the ages and one of the most striking things was the minimal amount of possessions with which ordinary people survived right up until the early part of the 20th Century.
A table, wooden bench, stool or
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.