As the manager of a high-rise condominium association, I have frequent conversations with owners who complain about the limited storage available outside of their units. In some buildings, there is assigned storage, common area “open” storage (generally on a first come; first served basis) offering little or no security and, the mechanical closets, stairwells and on balconies which should be off-limits!
The owners who improperly store paint, flammables, clothes, cleaning supplies, food, linens, boxes, and other various and sundry items may create a risk liability for the other owners and the association.
In fairness, many owners have moved to a condominium from a single family residence, and parting with their treasured possessions is difficult. If they have been in their prior home for decades, it is even more difficult to identify what stays and what goes.
Why are we compelled to keep so much stuff? When did it become “a thing”? The concept of self-storage started around the late 1960’s and became popular in the 1970’s. Rather than being a temporary convenience, self-storage has become a place where we pay a fee to store our belongings often with no real plan of using them again. Why do we pay rent for our material possessions? It’s like paying for them over and over and… well, you get the message.
I understand the dilemma. This blog is not to admonish you for storing your treasures. I merely want to provoke you to consider carefully what to store; before you store.
Endeavor to persevere.
Tanoa Lynne Poirier is the Managing Principal at Poirier Enterprises Inc., specializing in the management of community associations, commercial and investment properties, and individual residences in South Florida.
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