Recent estimates have found there’s about 13 square feet in self-storage space for each and every American, which makes it a little too easy for people to leave stuff they really don’t need languishing in their lockers for decades.
On the other hand, there are plenty of valid reasons to keep some items in a storage unit, especially when you have a specific exit strategy.
1. When you’re between homes
Sometimes there’s a gap between when you have to be out of your old place and when you can get into the new one, forcing you into a limbo space that probably isn’t as big as you’re used to and definitely isn’t worth setting up the same way. This also applies to college dorm rooms.
2. During major renovations
For ease and convenience, consider putting some of your belongings in storage. This option also can be handy for storing used appliances that are still in good enough shape to be reused somewhere else.
3. When you’re a collector
This mainly applies to valuables being collected at least as much for their investment value as for personal pleasure. If they’re either too big to keep at home or you’re not confident they’ll be secure there, renting a unit can be a wise decision.
4. If you have business equipment or files
If you’re transitioning from an office to working from home there may be paper files you’re legally obligated to keep or will only need to look at a couple
of times a year or tools you’ll only use seasonally or for
finite periods — those can
5. When you don’t want to upsize
If you have some things you simply can’t let go for sentimental or other reasons and getting a storage unit will relieve the pressure to move to a bigger home, it can be a very cost-effective choice.