According to history, people during the ancient civilizations had so little in terms of properties that they had no trouble with packing and settling to another place in one day’s notice. Carefree wanderers as they were, they probably did not have any patience to meticulously pack for days since they knew they would be journeying for a long period of time.
People back then kept what were essential and just gave away or ditched what they thought were superfluous. The old civilization vagrants were too pragmatic to even take into account self storage then.
So how did the idea of self storage reach contemporary period?
Historical accounts say that people in China used to store their private items in clay pots. And they did this for more than 6,000 years! As a way of hiding precious properties, these clay pots were concealed below the ground. They were also supervised to make sure no one stole them.
The British, meanwhile, had another way in keeping their valuables safe and sound. Dignitaries used to secure their belongings in banks, which commissioned moving firms to ensure the safety of the belongings.
The firms then had their own meaning of self storage. The routine involves placing their valuable items in crates and concealing them safely in attics or stables with watchmen on guard.
Indeed, protecting treasures and other precious possessions in the past involved many individuals, and posed quite a challenge even to the owner of the things being stored. Retrieval of these hidden items was seemingly hard, though this could have been one aspect added to make sure the items were protected against robbery. Just imagine having to dig up your clay pots, or journey to the loft where your valuables were being kept!
Luckily today, self storage is made easier, thanks to Odessa, Texas native named Russ Williams. This fishing aficionado, who was involved in the oil business, found a way to keep his fishing equipment and his boat.
So he purchased a series of garages and apartments, leasing them to other businesses in the oil industry. And that was how self storage got today.
Self storage, with its space-saving advantage, has become a necessity for those who need a place apart from their homes. It is an increasing need for those who enjoy acquiring new things constantly but hate throwing old things away.