Many people store their garden equipment in our units over the winter, avoiding bad weather and wintery storms. Often though, people will risk leaving items outdoors and just stack and cover the garden furniture with a waterproof covering.
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.
The self-storage movement first appeared in the United States of America, where the first storage facility offering tenants exclusive rights to the space that they paid for was opened in Fort Lauderdale by the Collum family in 1958.
Over time, as living spaces in the UK
When young people move out from home – either for college terms or more permanently – parents often find themselves looking after their offspring’s collections until, in theory, their owners move into a large enough space to be able to take them away.
According to new research from Cushman & Wakefield and the Self Storage Association UK (SSA UK), in March 2015 there were approximately 2,650 storage facilities in Europe, over 80% are located in just six countries.
UK has the most storage facilities than any other country in Europe
The UK is the largest market with 40% of the total, followed by France, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Sweden.
UK (INC. CONTAINERS): Population: 64,100,000 Est. no. of facilities: 1,077
FRANCE: Population: 66,874,000 Est. no. of facilities: 336
THE NETHERLANDS: Population: 16,982,000 Est. no. of facilities: 282
SPAIN: Population: 47,727,000 Est. no. of facilities: 263
GERMANY: Population: 79,829,000 Est. no. of facilities: 143