Making Peace with Things and Storage Units

flea-market-1132551_960_720Earlier this month, The Atlantic published a beautiful essay titled Finding Solace in a Storage Unit. It explores what these storage units mean to people and why the US has so many more of them than other countries.

It could be that we’re transient or materialistic, but the author suggests storage units mean more than that. They serve as a way to start a business or as a place for a family to get back on their feet (not something we recommend!). They allow us to hang onto our things, whether we need them or not, and the author says that optimism might be the reason we cling to our things. Maybe something is more valuable than originally recognized and will propel the owner into serious wealth. Maybe things will get better and the storage unit renter will marry again, buy another house, or start another business and have reason to use all that stuff again.

The drivers of the storage unit are downsizing, dislocation, death, and divorce, and it was this last reason why the essay’s author chose to rent a storage unit for a year. As the essay ends, she says that being separated from her stuff for a year gave her a different perspective on it and she was able to look at it with clear eyes, choosing what she wanted to keep without the memory of her husband or her marriage looming over it. As she said, her experience with a storage unit allows her to “make peace with her things.”  

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Crazy Finds in Storage Units

tumblr_nlfnlusCb81sfie3io1_1280It stands to reason that there are certain items that you simply can’t store in a storage unit. Most of them are common sense, and they’re restricted for the safety of not only the storage facility itself, but everyone who uses it as well.

Of course, telling people they can’t store certain items is one thing. Making sure that they don’t is another matter altogether. Here are some of the more out-there finds in storage units.

Grandma.

A Florida family kept their grandmother’s body in a blue casket inside a storage unit for 17 years following her death. When the storage unit owner notified the family that the unit would be sold, they responded that the contents couldn’t be put up for auction, since they included a relative’s dead body.

Unreleased Michael Jackson songs.

More than 250 original songs by Michael Jackson were once found in a storage unit belonging to his father, Joe Jackson. No recording companies had a legal claim to the songs, reportedly worth millions of dollars – making the lucky buyer a Smooth Criminal.

Burt Reynolds’ odd collection.

Some of the many oddities found in Burt Reynolds’ storage unit include a framed letter from his doctor about a 1955 surgery on his spleen, a horse carriage built by Dolly Parton, the bill of sale for Roy Rogers’ horse Trigger, and the canoe from the 1972 movie Deliverance.

Old space equipment.

A storage unit close to Florida’s Cape Canaveral contained a NASA rocket and countdown clock. The old equipment had been stored there after the space program they were part of was discontinued.

Nic Cage’s million-dollar comic book.

Back in 2000, actor Nic Cage filed a police report after an extremely rare comic book was stolen from his home in Los Angeles. More than a decade later, the comic book (Action Comics #1 – worth more than a million dollars) turned up in an abandoned storage unit.

Cold, hard cash.

A man in San Jose got a storage unit at auction, later realizing that it contained gold and silver ingots worth more than half a million dollars, all stored in a blue Rubbermaid container.


Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Protecting Items in Your Storage Unit from Theft

self storage norwell maThere are all sorts of storage units out there. Some of them have been around for a while and are little more than a metal box subject to the ravages of time, nature, and the elements. Some are brand-new and top of the line, with climate control, 24-hour security, and keycard access. And some are in between, with some of the bells and whistle but not all.

Irrespective of what kind of storage unit you have, one major concern is theft. If someone knows or suspects that you have something of value in your unit, they might find a way in.

While Walk in Closet is a safe, state-of-the-art storage facility, with video surveillance to help provide the highest level of security, here are a few safety tips to help keep your valuables safe no matter where you choose to store your belongings.

Intentional mislabeling. If you mark your cardboard boxes according to content or by household location, consider putting your most valuable items in a box and deciding on an innocuous label — “kitchen” or “bathroom,” for example. Tell everyone who needs to know where the valuables are what the box says, and keep the information safe.

Boxes in boxes. If someone breaks into your unit, they’re going to try and get in and out as quickly as possible, so make it as challenging as possible to get to your valuables. Put them in boxes that are inside boxes that are inside boxes and place them at the back of the unit so it’s a real job to get to them. Thieves won’t spend the time digging, especially when the items are that well-hidden.

Check in. If thieves are hanging around watching for activity in a unit, then give them some. Stop by periodically and make it clear that the items weren’t placed in the storage unit and left there — someone is checking in on the unit. Thieves will be more likely to hit a unit that’s less likely to have an owner show up.

Invest in a good lock. A flimsy lock on your unit is a huge red flag for thieves who know they can break it easily. Spend the extra money and get a solid metal lock that’s going to make anyone thinking about breaking in think twice.

Another great way to prevent theft when storing your things is to make sure that you choose the right storage facility. Call 781-885-3965 or contact us via email to learn more about how Walk In Closet can help keep your possessions and valuables safe.

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information.

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