There is a particular category of C.R.U.D. that encompasses items that are really difficult to store. We have shared our views on the gargantuan nature of king-sized duvets in a previous blog. Other hard-to-store items that come to mind are vacuum cleaners with hoses like boa constrictors that belong to the central built-in models. Many sporting goods also qualify for the “why is this taking up so much space” ranking, as do the indoor baby swings and mobile apparatuses that tend to hang around long past toddlerhood.
Above all the household clutter we find most difficult to fathom – from a storage perspective – are rolled up maps and posters. Lately we have been finding ourselves clearing out a good many storage lockers with our clients. These are generally located in dusty, poorly lit and airless subterranean regions of apartment complexes adjacent to the P2 parking level. These crypts are to apartment dwellers what basements are to the single-family house – the repository for all things unwanted, out of season or just plain forgotten. Invariably, storage lockers contain legions of tightly wound cylinders encased in cardboard tubes or held together by a single rubber band.
These are the booty you have collected as souvenirs from art exhibits museums, historic sites and gift shops in national parks. They range from fraying Toulouse-Lautrec and black and white movie posters to topographical maps of the Great Smokies. We are sure your idea at the time of purchase was to frame and hang them, but somehow that never actually happened. Matting and framing are expensive or too much effort. Thus they remain, forever incarcerated in their wooden-slatted cells, without the hope of a pardon. They become a downright source of exasperation when you have to retrieve something else from the locker. Unless you stand them up in a box, they fall over, get crushed or stepped on and end up looking like the end of a roll of Christmas wrap.
No need to stress about these. Getting rid of un-opened posters and maps should not constitute major hardship. They probably did not cost very much, did they? Maybe a few dollars apiece? Carefully unfurl each one and examine it for water damage, insect colonies and other evidence of vermin. If you find any worth rehabilitating, frame or mount them and let them adorn your walls. Don’t just stick them on with scotch tape. Any others that are in good condition can be donated to schools or day care centers or possibly sold on auction sites.