Post 207 –by Gautam Shah



Like all human activities the act of storing is very purposive, so provides an impetus to some form of organization. Stored things are far more organized than a very vast left out things where the order is unknown and is beyond control. Storage organization is a very natural way of learning. It teaches us planning, forecasting and thrift in managing the resources. Storage technologies offer as much innovations as procurement (mining and agriculture) and production methods.


Modern Ware House with pallet rack system > Wikipedia image by Axisadman

Storing is an instinctive activity with many other types of beings. Things are stored with a clear concept that these will be useful in future. The future is lean season or time of crisis. Things are stored for food, proliferation, building a nest or habitat and defence.


There are many different types of storage units within our body, such as the kidneys, glands, levers, muscles, stomach, etc. Animals and insects store food for periods of hibernation and for their progeny. Other external storage systems include tanks, chemical vessels, balloons reservoirs, septic tanks, granaries or silos, settling ponds. Isolation units like jails, concentration camps, detention camps, animal yards are also storage entities. Atmosphere is a very vast and almost infinite storage unit of energy, dusts particles, radiation, moisture, gases etc. Solid walls and wool garments are capable of storing heat so function as storage unit. Most material objects store kinetic energy in proportion of their mass. Fusion energy within particle bonds is a storage system. Ships, Transport containers, Railway wagons, Submarines, Aeroplanes are transportable storage systems.


Storage Bins and Baskets > Flickr image by AngryJulieMonday

Human storage activities have turned from intuitive to intentional pursuit. We plan for things to be stored, their mode of retrieval and processes that may occur during the storage. Things are stored with perception that these are items of wealth and their value will be greater when retrieved. The increment in value may be due to sheer act of containment (locational massing), ageing (maturing, ripening), organization or orderliness induced through the act of storing, and art or technique of retrieval. Like all wealth, the value of stored things may appreciate or depreciate.


Traditional Rural Indian Dwelling Storage

Societies endow special importance to certain commodities, as worthy of possession and display. These could be, utensils, crockery, clothes, handicrafts, bags, containers, cabinets, gadgets, tools, armaments, trophies, prizes, certificates, photographs, paintings, sculptures, antiques, jewellery, stuffed animals, or live pets. Storing is also called archiving. In archives generally documents and antiques are stored, preserved, restored and retrieved.


Things need to be stored when we wish to condition their state. The method of storage and duration, both are conceived for controlled modifications. Stored things are affected by the bio-activities and the environment (atmosphere) but by gravity, magnetic and other energies. Stored things are affected by the containers’ material, shape, size, adjacent things and over-burden.


Storage Pantry > Wikipedia image by Downtowngal

Things are also stored to isolate them, because an encounter with them is likely to be hazardous or inclement to the well being of people or environment. Things are also stored or dumped when one does not know what to do with the items, or because economically it is not viable to ‘store’ (organize, rationalize) them. Dumped things have no perceptible value, but there is an expectation that dumped things will degenerate to nothingness, or a better technique or suitable opportunity of dealing with them may become available in future.