Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Half of the Great Britain population regrets throwing away old clothes, photographs and other family memorabilia due to lack of space, according to an online survey conducted by a self storage company.

Disposing of personal belongings doesn't appear to faze those in East England (44 percent), the Midlands (49 percent) or London (41 percent); whereas those in Scotland (55 percent), Wales (52 percent) and North England (53 percent) are much more sentimental and expressed regret about not keeping certain personal belongings.

The survey found the items people most wish they had kept include old computer-game consoles, clothing and accessories, furniture, photographs, wedding dresses, sports equipment, musical instruments, old coins, Persian rugs and old school books.

Percentage of Great Britain Residents Who Regret Disposing of Personal Belongings
London 41%
East England 44%
The Midlands 49%
Wales 52%
North England 53%
Scotland 55%

Londoners, perhaps because they live in smaller flats and have less space appear to be the least sentimental. Canny Scots know the value of their belongings and think about the long term.

For anyone who feels the need for a little more space Kangaroo Self Storage Dundee offers an easy and affordable solution.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Self Storage People

In a new series of posts we'll introduce some of the pioneers of self storage. To get the ball rolling here's the first lady of self storage, Foy Cooley.

Foy and her husband, Ken, opened the first self storage center in the New York metropolitan area in 1976, in Eatontown. The company she heads, Access Self Storage Inc., based in Little Ferry, now owns and/or manages 19 self-storage facilities in New Jersey and New York, with revenue of $19 million. Access last month opened a center in Franklin Lakes.

Cooley, 65, has served as president of the National Self-Storage Association and on the board of the New Jersey Self Storage Association, and is one of the few female storage executives in a male-dominated field. She spoke with The Record at her new facility in Franklin Lakes about what people store, and why we'll probably always need self-storage.

Q. How did you get into self-storage?

We saw a center in North Carolina. I was visiting my grandmother for her 80th birthday, and just happened to drive by one and said, "What the heck is that?" We saw what looked like all these garage doors. About a year later, my husband and I looked at each other — we both had backgrounds on Wall Street — and said, "Maybe we could do one of those up here. Because there aren't any."

Q. In the 1970s, self-storage was a foreign concept. Were people skeptical?

The bankers had difficulty understanding it.
Their dominant question was, "Well, if it doesn't work, what will you do with the building?" We said, "What do you do with a lot of buildings if they don't work? If a motel doesn't work, what do you do with it?" But we finally convinced the banks.

Q. When I heard about your facility in Franklin Lakes, my reaction was, "Who needs self-storage in Franklin Lakes?"

Because the houses are big? You'd be surprised. We have one in Bernardsville, and that's an area that's also got a lot of really large houses. They need them for times like when the children move back home for a while, after college, and Mom says, "Sure we're glad to have you back, but not all the stuff you've accumulated." So all that stuff goes into self storage. When they redecorate or renovate, they put all the fine furnishings into a self storage centre where they're protected. We have people who store their pool furniture — it comes in the fall and goes back out in the spring. And there are more people working at home. If they have samples, or equipment, or inventory that they work with, they'll put that in self-storage.

Q. What's the most unusual thing that you've seen somebody store?

In the Eatontown facility, we had somebody who stored all the parts of a little tiny helicopter and he built a helicopter in his space. Mostly — 60 percent to 70 percent of it — is just household furnishings.

Q. How's the current economy affecting self-storage?

Our occupancies are down a little bit, and the new centers are slower to rent up than they would have been two years ago. It's not too bad, but it's definitely affecting us.

Q. What are the long-term trends for self-storage? Are the associations worried about people simplifying, having less stuff?

Not so much simplifying. There's some concern about overbuilding — that we'll have more storage facilities than people who need them. However, people seem to increasingly find uses for them.

Q. Do you have a storage unit for yourself?

Oh yes. I have one son who's just gotten back from Iraq. He's going to be at our house for about six months. All of his stuff went into storage. And just recently I put some things in storage. I inherited a beautiful dining room set from my mother and so I put the one that she had given me when I turned 40 in self-storage, because one of my kids will get it, but they're not ready for it yet.

Q. What's your view on clutter in your own house?

I have too much of it. I do believe that with less clutter the mind functions much better. Less visual distraction. It's much easier to think clearly.

Q. You must see some poignant stories in self-storage, such as kids moving their parents into nursing homes.

Sometimes when something happens in your life, whether it's a death or a divorce or illness that causes you to move, you have an emotional attachment to your things and you're not ready to give them up yet. It takes a little while, and then after they've been in storage a little while, and you've lived without them for a while, it's easier to let them go.

Q. You climbed Mount Kilimanjaro four years ago. Why did you do that?

I've always liked to hike and somebody introduced me to a person who was leading a group to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and I knew in about 10 minutes that I was game for that. I had to train a lot. It was the hardest thing I've ever done.

Q. What did you do to train?

Lots of hours on the StairMaster. Lots of hiking. I put a standup desk in my office so I would stand all day — to get used to being on my feet all day. I went out to Colorado the week before and worked out of Leadville, which is at 10,000 feet, to help acclimatize. The actual hiking isn't that hard, the whole difficulty is the altitude. But you have to be able to hike six, seven, eight hours a day.

We wonder what Foy would make of

From an article by Joan Verdon. The Record.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Here's a very helpful video for anyone who wants to understand a bit more about self storage.

We happen to know it was the commentators first public performance - didn't he do well!

I'm sure he'll be back given a bit of encouragement and another large fee.

Monday, 31 August 2009

Self Storage Sniffer Dogs

The Tayside Police Sniffer Dog unit often visit Kangaroo Self Storage Dundee to train new dogs to their team and to hone the skills of doggy veterans.

There could hardly be a more perfect environment to test the dogs. Long corridors lined with literally hundreds of different self storage rooms. And these rooms are spread over 3 floors, so the dogs have to contend with stairs. The corridors can be illuminated or left completely dark to add a challenge for the canine detectives.

The dog handlers usually conceal a sample dipped in whatever substance the dogs are being trained to detect. The sample is then hidden in a self storage unit.

The dog is released and using nothing more than its highly developed olfactory detection equipment (its nose) it searches the building and always seems to have no trouble in finding the hidden sample.

Kangaroo Dundee benefits from a regular sweep of its premises. This gives added protection to customers goods stored in the building. It also prevents the storage of any illegal substances. Importantly it's also supports the local community and the police in particular.

The police benefit from a superb training facility that helps to hone their dogs search and detection skills.

A police spokesman, for the force's dog training unit, said: "Police dogs play an ever increasing role in policing within the community, so training in public areas is essential to hone the dog's skills and equip both them and their handlers to deal with incidents in all types of environments.
"Of course, should our dog handlers come across anyone committing a criminal offence, they will deal with it as they would any other crime.''

Good to know we're in safe hands.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Self Storage Dundee Survey

Lusty ladies in Dundee want to be locked in a Kangaroo Self Storage room with Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Billy Connolly, Gordon Ramsey and Johnny Depp amongst others.

Kangaroo Self Storage recently ran a competition with local radio station Tay AM to discover the storage needs of the people of Dundee. Innocently, Kangaroo also asked who the competition entrants would most like to be locked in a self storage room with.

Hollywood favourite George Clooney topped the list, closely followed by Brad Pitt. Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio. The charms of Gordon Ramsey, Billy Connolly and Rod Stewart attracted the most home grown nominations.

One energetic entrant wanted to “hop about with Richard Gere all day” whilst another was interested in being tackled by rugby star Johnny Wilkinson!

Bizarrely one entrant would choose to be locked in a storage room with a chocolate covered Bertie Bassett.

A slightly shell shocked Kangaroo Self Storage managing director Chris Stevens commented “We happily store many things for our customers, but may have to draw the line at Hollywood hunks”.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Self Storage Glasgow Blog

Kangaroo Self Storage is a company that's passionate about giving the best possible service to all customers. That service covers every aspect of a customers experience, from their first contact with the business right through to the day they move out.

The customer truly is at the centre of the business, the top of the pyramid and all efforts are consistently focused on ensuring delighted customers.

Not only is it the right thing to do, it makes sound business sense. People talk about their experiences, share their preferences with friends and family. These shape decisions and can bring extra customers to a company or send them into the arms of competitors.

A bonus of this customer centric approach is that sometimes customers surprise you with their enthusiasm for your business. Think of the devoted followers of Apple.

Well a customer of Kangaroo Self Storage in Glasgow was so pleased with the service she got that she posted a blog Self Storage Glasgow Blog about it. Possibly it's not the most imaginative name, but it does what it says on the tin.

In short she shopped around for self storage in Glasgow and discovered a wide range of prices, some so expensive she felt that people would get ripped off if the didn't know about the alternatives. So she posted her findings, apparently to help those who didn't have the time to shop around.

Happily Kangaroo scores really well across the range of issues that were important to her. We're grateful to her for taking the time and trouble to write her blog and hope that it helps others with their choice.

Have a look

Monday, 17 August 2009

Self Storage Dundee in the News

Self storage Dundee has received a lot of coverage in the press in recent weeks. The simple fact is that self storage is being "discovered" by more and more people.

Once it was thought that it would only be needed by those who were involved in moving house. This is no longer the case.

It has now become a lifestyle choice. Why pay thousands more for extra space by moving to a new home, when you can rent just the amount of space that you require. That space is immediately available and can be cancelled whenever it is not required.

Storage space is now only limited by the imagination.

Business increasingly seek a self storage Dundee solution for stock, paperwork, machinery, display materials, raw materials, office furniture etc, etc. The list just goes on and on.

As the article from The Sunday Times shows, units are now being used for music practise, games of snooker and just to chills out.

Where will it all end?

Here's the article:

The shrinking size of Britain’s “rabbit-hutch” homes has driven householders to use self-storage units as extra rooms.

The anonymous looking buildings are now home to walk-in wardrobes, games rooms, rehearsal stages and martial arts suites rather than simply being dumps for surplus clutter.

The trend is the next stage in the growth of self-storage, which has boomed as homes shrink and possessions multiply.

There are now an estimated 750 sites, with an extra 2m sq ft added in the past year alone. Instead of being stranded on out-of-town industrial estates, the new versions are positioned on convenient, city-centre sites with 24-hour access.

A self storage source, said people hiring “spare rooms” were increasingly important to their business.

“In one of our Manchester stores we have a customer who practises martial arts in the space he hires from us".

“The lifestyle side of our business is becoming more important to us. In the US, there is a storage unit on nearly every street corner, so we can see pretty clearly where we are headed.”

Sara Silva, 27, a bookkeeper, lives in a one-bedroom flat with her boyfriend in northwest London and hires space from a self storage company which she uses as a games room with a snooker table, chess table and cards table.

She pays £700 a month for a basic room of 50ft by 30ft. “It’s within 10 minutes of my home and I go there with my friends around four times a week,” Silva said. “Sometimes we take along some food and drinks but mostly we just play.”

Graham Godfrey, a 24-year-old west London jazz musician, has installed soundproofing in his unit to create a rehearsal space. “My flatmates wouldn’t put up with me playing drums at home,” he said.

A report last week by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment said new British homes often had barely enough room for proper furniture or even a microwave.
Other research has found they are the smallest in Europe, with an average floor space of 818 sq ft, compared with 1,200 sq ft in France.

So there you have it. If you want to create a spare room the visit