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Steel Boxes for Storage: How to avoid Stockpiling

  • Storage
23rd November 2020

Here at S Jones, we offer conversions for a wealth of new uses, from labs and research & development units to exhibition units and stands. Shipping containers are traditionally used, however, for transporting cargo between different countries and different continents. The fact that they are large steel boxes that are designed to protect their contents whilst they travel the seven seas means that they are also the perfect storage solution for a range of different items.

Whether you are looking to store documents, equipment that isn’t being used, furniture, or your excess belongings whilst you’re selling your house, a storage unit is a great option.

We offer six different sizes as standard:

  • 10ft x 8ft x 8ft 6in with a volume of 560ft³
  • 10ft x 8ft x 9ft 6in with a volume of 630ft³
  • 20ft x 8ft x 8ft 6in with a volume of 1160ft³
  • 20ft x 8ft x 9ft 6in with a volume of 1310ft³
  • 40ft x 8ft x 8ft 6in with a volume of 2360ft³
  • 40ft x 8ft x 9ft 6in with a volume of 2660ft³

The figures above show how a single container can give you a great deal of storage space as long as you pack it properly and use the whole height of the unit.

But if you hire or buy and have all of this extra storage space, does this mean that you’re subconsciously going to be looking for things to fill it with – and perhaps start stockpiling?

What is Stockpiling and Why do we do it?

Stockpiling has become a real issue recently since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the UK. As people got nervous about a nationwide lockdown, we saw sales of hand sanitiser (understandable) and toilet roll (less understandable) go through the roof.

This had led to more and more people buying more of these items than they need – and would normally buy – resulting in supply problems and creating a snowball effect. In fact, if everyone just carried on buying as they normally would, there would be enough to go round and no problems whatsoever.

Whilst all of this sounds like an unnecessary problem that we are making for ourselves scientists agree that there is to an extent, a certain degree of human nature related to stockpiling.

Firstly, scientists think that one reason why we stockpile is that we have a natural instinct to do what we can to ensure that we have items that we deem to be necessary, and if it looks like there is a risk of us not being able to get them, we panic and buy more.

The other is that it is related to anxiety. In uncertain times, there is a higher level of anxiety in the population as a whole, which leads to us wanting to do things that we can control. And buying loo roll is one of these. Although seemingly illogical, buying things gives us a degree of control in our lives.

How to Avoid Stockpiling

The main way that you can avoid this is to try to deal with your anxiety in a different way. Trying to get news from reliable sources is important, trying not to spend too much time on social media, getting exercise, going outside, and talking through your fears can also be helpful.

If you have a unit begging to be filled, you could try installing in-built racking or self-assembly shelving which could limit the space and size that you have.

Fighting the urge to stockpile is more difficult than it seems, as we are, in essence, fighting against human nature. However, it is important to our society that we try, and with a two-pronged approach, we all stand more of a chance of being successful.

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