I’m not sure if it’s really a storage business per say, all though two complete bedrooms in my house are used for that purpose, and not by me. It seems that when our oldest girl got married 9 years ago she never really moved out of our house. Her old bedroom is packed to the ceiling with her stuff and she adds items monthly. 50% of my granddaughter’s toys and old clothes are stored there, and all my daughter’s stuff, from her high school/college days is still there gaining value every year. It sort of reminds me of a museum, bringing me back to the days when she was a gangly little girl. And now she has a daughter of her own, to help the pile grow.
Ymir Thea who has been in Singapore for a couple of years now, and her bedroom is like a shrine, it is maintained daily and is reminiscent of when she still was living here. With everything in the same place she left it. All will be on displayed as if she was coming home every night to sleep.
I’ve foolishly suggested that the items that have not been touched in a while, be donated to someone who needs them. My wife and both girls looked at me as if I’d suggested that the Queen give away the Crown Jewels. Hands leap to their heads and major scratching ensues. I’ll move quickly out the door to my man cave, and not dare broach that subject again. From the Little Red Book, “The Art of War”, General Sun Tzu said; Retreat is off times the wisest decision!
But whether it’s called “Storage” or “Stowage” it still means junk piling up until it spills over into the dining room. I laugh when on the TV they have those hording people shows on, who’ll save garbage in their house until you can’t find the floor. The situation has not come close to that point yet. (Note the word yet.) But I wonder why people want to hang on to all that stuff.
Every year I go through my tiny section of the closet and pull out anything I’ve not worn in the last six months, and my chest of drawers for any t-shirts shorts and such that fall under that same rule, and out it goes. I’ll see the family wearing those items up and down the road. I had four brothers, I understand hand-me-downs. Or as we used to say when we were younger; “The first one up, was always the best one dressed.”
Remember “The Boxes” that your appliances came in? You still might have them if you’re renting here in the Philippines, those boxes will be kept or display by your wife/girlfriend for two reasons. The first reason being, if you move again, they can be used to repack all your equipment. Second reason being, to display the boxes and make jealous all of the visiting ladies to her house.
Now I’ll repeat a story about my experience with “The Boxes”, our house was just built and moved into. I returned from sea, and was pleased, until I found the extra bedroom full of “The Boxes”. I smiled and asked my wife if she had a plan to divorce me and move again. She responded: No Mahal.” Then I asked; “So, what is the reason we are you keeping “The Boxes”? They were gone the next day.
Now for my dirty little secret: I keep a “Gold Locker”, now that’s a shipboard thing, meaning spare parts stowage, things like nails, screws, washers’ nuts and bolts, plumbing fixtures, pipe and other stuff. You know; Items that are just too good to throw away. My family, friends and neighbors all know I have it, and will check with me first, before going to the hardware store.
So if it’s called storage or stowage, we’re all guilty of it in some way. Did I really think for one second that I’d convince my wife and daughters to get rid of all their collected treasures? Not even if I was granted a second lifetime. But the one tiny victory I’ll cling to; is “The appliance boxes are gone!” That’s going to have to be good enough for this lifetime. I’ve chosen to live here; I just hope they don’t store all the stuff I’ve collected when I’m gone, e-bay was invented to take care of that!