Why is it that in many families, family businesses, and indeed businesses in general, there are some people who put stuff away in boxes and push the boxes into corners, on tops of cabinets, and the like, while there are others who constantly feel the urge to dispose of past documents, materials, etc?
It is almost as if there is are three species at work here – those who tidy up and pack away in the belief that the items might be needed again, those who feel the urge to tidy up and throw away, and those who never tidy up at all.
And curiously it turns out that the actual behaviour of tidying up – with its divergent results – is probably down to evolution.
For it became clear early on that the people who tidy up as they go tend to be able to get up and leave more readily (largely because there are fewer things to fall over on the way out).
And so in the Stone Age, when mankind lived in caves, if the cave came under attack, the tidy members of the clan could get up and exit via the carefully prepared (and utterly uncluttered) escape route.
Thus whether the attack came from a rival tribe, a sub-culture within the tribe who felt that its approach to living should the dominant style, or indeed a passing woolly mammoth, the tidy clan could leave.
Additionally they discovered that by tidying up they could order some of the tribe to stay behind and pick up the weapons (all neatly stored in one place) and fight the invader. And since it was invariably the men who had to do this rather dangerous job, men became less and less inclined to tidy up.
As a result men started to put forward the notion that they too could use their habit of not tidying up to save their skins when under attack, as long as they were untidy in the entrance to their habitat. Carefully left branches, rocks, tangled weeds, and other similar odds and ends would slow down the attacker trying to get into the cave.
Thus mankind split into two branches – those who defended themselves by staying tidy and having an escape route round the back (leaving some out front to fight) and those who deliberately left a mess at the front entrance (ensuring that everyone could get out the back).
Over time evolutionary behaviour tends to become entrenched behaviour, and it is the patterns of behaviour that are remembered, while the reasons for the behaviour are forgotten.
So, slowly tribes developed in such a way that they had within their habitat members of what became the two main tendencies – the “leave it all about” approach and the “tidy it away” clan.
Each justified its vision of life – but not necessarily in the way that was first intended. The “leave it lying around” group began to speak less of the benefit of tripping passing beasts and enemy tribes as they entered and more of the fact that whatever was left lying around “might come in handy” one day.
The “tidy it up before I fall over it” select committee, however, spoke of the dangers to the residents inherent in having bits and pieces left around, and, because they never had to do the fighting, tended to ignore the unknown elements within the future.
So these ideas have continued to evolve. One interesting variation occurred when men realised that they could use the situation to their advantage by tidying up a little, and thus allow the women to leave the cave first, alerting the tribe to any animals or enemies hiding nearby) while claiming that they were, at long last, about to do the tidying up that the “tidy up as you go” group had been demanding.
The result was that men tended more and more to the “leave it around” approach – something that we can still see today, especially when they prevaricate before leaving the house.
However, ultimately, even the largest business facility runs out of space, and the issue of throw it away or store it reaches a crisis point.
The great problem today is that there is a need to store past records on paper – be they VAT invoices, original copies of copyrighted manuscripts, or confidential documents for pending court cases.
Such items can be put on disk and stored, but there is always the danger of corruption, and the danger of on-line theft or deliberate damage.
Hence, one can see the Admiral Storage Facility as being of evolutionary importance.
If you have materials that you want stored, we are here, ready now to take them in, and with a fulsome understanding of how we got to this point.
You can find more information on our facilities on our website at https://admiralstorage.co.uk/. Alternatively you can call us on 0800 810 1125.
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