Origins of Self-Storage Facilities
Here at MySpace Self Storage we pride ourselves on being a professional and approachable company who understand that personal possessions are exactly that: Personal.
We offer a solid solution to those who can’t bear to throw household goods away but simply have too as there is no more space available for them.
Keeping items in safe and secure storage is what we do best but we cannot take credit for the birth of its existence and storing your items away from the home is by no means a new concept. The origins of storage solutions according to archeologists possibly date back as early as 6,000 years ago due to the discovery of hundreds of large ceramic pots stored in underground areas in what would have been Ancient China. It is thought that these pots had been filled with important personal items and then buried in underground areas, the pots would then be guarded so as only the correct owners could collect their items.
Moving forward some years, the British Aristocracy caught on to the Chinese innovation, and decided that leaving their expensive items unattended and unprotected while away vacating or working was not a wise choice. They would hire banks to guard their belongings until they returned. Subsequently they would then secure stables and vacant loft spaces. Finally they would waste no time filling them with crates full of valuables - not forgetting to place watchman nearby.
During the 1850’s a man named Martin Bekin opened a storage business in America as a response to the flood of immigrants entering the country. He recognised that a huge amount of people would result an issue of huge amounts of personal belongings and whereabouts they should be placed. Bekin’s started constructing warehouses from steel and concrete, the first of its kind.
By this point self-storage as we understand it today was taking shape. It has been noted that the first storage facility where tenants had exclusive rights to the space that they paid for was available in 1958 in Fort Lauderdale founded by the Collum family.
The U.K. waited until the 1980’s before self-storage became popular, and ever since it has been a growing trade. As times have changed due to the recession and our newfound desire to fuel new uses for our homes, such as renting out spare rooms or turning them in to the new office to work from, there has never been such a call for self-storage.
Here at MySpace Self Storage we recognise the need for our services, as have generations before us. Times may have changed, but peoples needs have not. If you want to store your prized possessions in a secure environment, contact us now and ask about the many different options available to you.