I need more storage systems!

I enjoyed watching the Australian TV series, Love my way, over the weekend.  There was a spectacular bit when a trip was taken to IKEA by a late thirties couple with new baby.  Female character says “I have a 4 week old baby.  I’m so tired.. I’m so bloody tired… I know people are dying in friggin’ Palestine or whatever but I need storage systems.  Charlie, I know, that’s why we’re here. Everything will be OK if I have more storage systems!  And a front loading washing machine and more bench space….

Well, I laughed. I laughed at the fatigue of the new parents. I laughed at them caught in the flow of one way IKEA traffic and I laughed at the notion that with more storage, life is somehow better. What do you think? Would your life be better with more storage? or with less storage? And what the hell is a “storage system”? I think storage and system are two different things aren’t they? Or do you always say “storage system” in the same breath? Tell me your innermost thoughts….


13 responses to “I need more storage systems!

  1. You got me curious, so I took a look.

    Sears Geelong 5-Shelf Storage System

    Uten.Silo Storage System

    Buying a Tool Storage System

    Closet Storage System:

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    Quantum Storage Systems:

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    Wine Storage Systems:

  2. Life would be SOOOO much better with more storage. I wouldn’t get as narky with my kids – “Put your crap away!” “Okay, but WHERE?!” I’d be able to store old memories and photos better, rather than strewn around. I’d be able to, oh, I don’t know, have a couple of benchtops with nothing on them. Ohhh, my life for some decent storage! What I wouldn’t give for a nice shed. Or even, say, a decent closet!

    As for storage system – hmmm. I think a system implies it’s something more than a cabinet, that there is some method to how you put stuff away. Unless, of course, we’re talking a whole wall of coordinated IKEA plastic buckets in white shelves and then it qualifies as a system. 🙂


  3. If I had more of a system, I might need less storage…or at least finding and retrieval would be easier.

    I have recently moved to a smaller (and short term) house and developing a new plan is proving painful. I was ruthless before I moved and gave away some furniture but disposing of 2 bookcases turned out to be a BIG mistake. They are the perfect “storage system” for books.

  4. Less storage room is better by far! Most people (and I am including myself) expand their stuff to fill all available space plus some. And much of that stuff sits in cupboards completely unused and often completely forgotten. I think creating a roof space for storage would be better spent on paying Sorted to come visit and a relaxing holiday. Why are we forever packing stuff away?? Surely that’s a big flashing light for “we are not using this stuff”.

    That being said can anyone suggest a great storage system for records that are never played? :o)

  5. I’m with Anita – less stuff is better, then you don’t need the extra storage solutions.

    That’s what my head tells me. My heart finds it so hard to get rid of stuff, having been brought up to be frugal, to reuse and recycle.

    My spirit/soul tells me that less is better, that simplicity is the way to go.

    While the battle rages, nothing is done!

  6. I am currently sorting the dungeon/carport and whilst it was so well packed and organised the truth is that after 10 years of storing stuff 90% of it I would never use again and it could have been useful to others had I given it away earlier. Now it is just car loads of rubbish. It really is hoarding (just tidy organised hoarding) and I feel so much more focussed knowing I have dealt with it and there is now lots of “white” space. I dont think we need storage systems as such just only keep what we love or use. The rest just bogs us and keeps us frustrated because we just cant organise clutter.

  7. I’ve heard that when people travel they become less attached to stuff. And I’ve recently spent about 4 months traveling. I MISSED MY STUFF. Not all of it. But a lot of it. So I’m going to accept that minimalism will never be for me.

    I love having things available. So any space I use to store things that I love is a valuable use of space. I just seem to have more of it than others. Partly its a family thing – We’re creative types and need things available to make stuff on a whim – fabrics, paints, books etc. My partner and I have a deal – I can have whatever I want provided it doesn’t spill out of one dedicated room and into the living space. So I still have stuff, I just get a little pickier about which stuff I have. And tidier too. I purchased bookcases and a fold away table, initially with some hesitation, and have to admit that these two things are a huge improvement over the boxes stacked against the wall. I put things like paint and pencils into plastic tubs/ boxes on the shelves, and I can see where things are! I know how much I have. I’ve tried to make a point of removing the original boxes all together (3 to go) and sometimes that means prioritizing and throwing things away. The space hasn’t changed, but the SYSTEM is developing. I love it!

    Partly this problem is a career thing. Being a teacher is a sure way to fill your home with clutter. I inherited some resources recently, (In a cardboard box, needless to say) and discovered about 15 copies of a single page – not all in the same place either. So my storage ‘system’ involves one large, dedicated folder per subject area. Saves a heap of space when you can find stuff.

    I also have a shoebox for handouts / interesting articles people give me. And people give me a lot of them! Every so often I can go through that box and deal with these interesting but low priority items, or be honest and say that no matter how interesting it might be, I’m not going to get to it. Of course if I’ve misplaced something (a form or similar) that I haven’t had a chance to file, this is the first, and usually the only place I need to look.

    So to me a storage system is about having things stored in a way that they are easy to find. And manage. I also think a system is something which is developed and which evolves over time. You can certainly buy tools to help. But you can’t buy a ‘system’.

  8. If you never play your records, it might mean you don’t have a player, or the player is too difficult to use. Some people have a huge collection of music, but only play it at home rarely if at all, and only sometimes in the car. If you prefer CDs, have the records put on CD by a specialised record store, or by someone with a computer, record player and the right cables.

    The more storage you have, the more you will collect to put in it. Keep related items together. Declutter. Sort what you have into related piles (electrical, phone accessories, paperwork not yet filed, pet gear). Sort each pile into keep, give away and throw out. List what you need to buy/replace. Put them away in the same area.

    And if you get it out, put it back. If it doesnt have a home, make space for it by cleaning out a drawer, shelf, box, or whatever.

  9. I cant believe people have so much stuff these days and hence need more storage. I was at a friends place the other week and we were talking about how I heard that storage places are one of the fastest growing business because people have soooo much unwanted stuff! I found this great company RedBalloon where you can buy people and experience instead of a shirt or book. They have some great ideas for fathers day: http://www.redballoondays.com.au/gifts/fathersday?tile=fp_main_tile. No more crappy unwanted presents that require storage from me!!

  10. “Stuff” we all have too much “stuff”….my Mum passed away recently and it was interesting on the week before she passed not one conversation was spent on “stuff”….and she had plenty of “stuff” she was a painter, a collector, a horder you name it she had 10 of everything. Instead we spoke about our love for each other and how much we would miss each other. At the end of the day none of us will miss “stuff”. In saying that a place for everything and everything in its place.

  11. Belinda…I’m so sorry about your mum passing. Your story is a profound example of what really matters (and what really doesn’t), particularly given your mum’s creative/hoarding tendencies. It’s like that old saying – you can’t take it with you. I’m glad you had the conversations that mattered before she went.

  12. Once I took a really, really demanding job. I was in over my head really, quietly terrified. And in the long dark night of the soul, where did I go? Staples, for storage. Office storage, home storage, anything which might solve my problem.

    There was just this mad theory floating around somewhere in my head that it might hold the answer.

    there’s religion. There’s therapy. And then there’s storage.

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