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Do you store things in a storage unit?

Asked by PandoraBoxx (17946 points ) September 10th, 2009

A recent article in Unclutterer mentions that there is 7 square feet of storage unit space for every person in the US. Originally storage units were used by people who were in between locations, to facilitate moving. Now, most people use a storage unit to store things that won’t fit in their house. Given that houses are bigger than ever, this is an interesting commentary on Americans’ relationship with their “stuff.” I used to have a storage unit for extra furniture. I had it for about 18 months and it cost me about $1600 in storage fees.

Do you have a unit? What’s in it and how long have you had it?

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La_chica_gomela's avatar

My mom has had a permanent storage unit for as far back as I can remember, at least 15 years, but not for personal junk (for other junk, instead). She uses it to store work stuff that doesn’t fit in her home office or garage.

drdoombot's avatar

I’ve been thinking about getting a storage unit for my old comic books, but now you’ve made me feel guilty about all my stuff.

Darwin's avatar

I have three storage units. They are climate-controlled and serve as my warehouse for my online book selling business.

However, I also have a garage jam-packed full of extra furniture and stuff like that, mostly because I hate the work that goes into having a garage sale.

However, I am following the guidance of the book Throw Out Fifty Things so I hope someday to be able to put a car larger than a Tootsie Toy in the garage.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

I live light. If I’m not using something immediately, I get rid of it.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

@drdoombot I’m contemplating another, because as much as I try to get rid of things, there are those items that are hard to part with.

torch81's avatar

I have a storage unit that I used to hold my furniture while I was renting a furnished apartment in graduate school. The rent was less than the replacement value of of furnishings, so it actually ended up saving me money in the long run.

SheWasAll_'s avatar

I used one this past summer to store half of my belongings (the other half was with my parents in Cleveland) while I did an internship in Philadelphia. It was the best decision I ever made and I highly suggest it for other college students who are moving out of dorms or apartments for the summer only to come right back in 3 months. But otherwise, my family has never used them. We rent a dumpster once a year instead and throw a bunch of stuff away. It’s our version of spring cleaning.

YARNLADY's avatar

No, I don’t, although I know a lot of people who do. I bought a Tuff Shed Barn and had it installed in my back yard to keep my stuff. It’s much easier than going up the ladder to the attic for the holiday decorations, camping stuff, and other people’s stuff (who’s apartment is too small). Besides, I ran out of room in the attic.

scotsbloke's avatar

I’ve used one previously when buying a property, I had to move out of my house and rent a place for 6 months so all the furniture and gubbins went into storage. To be honest, I wasnt impressed with the service, some of my boxes came back with water marks on them and I wouldnt use them again, they were also pretty expensive. If I have to store stuff again I’m gonna pop it in my pockets or my cheeks like a squirrel.!

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