What Do Most People Use Their Storage Units For?

Self Storage Tips

Ryan Moore
April 16th, 2022

Clutter is the enemy of a peaceful living space and a calm environment. Many people use storage units as a means to declutter their lives and keep their homes or offices free of excess. People use self-storage units for a myriad of reasons, and in this blog, we’ll give you ideas of what you could store, as well as what to look for in a storage facility depending on what you intend to keep there.

People downsize for all different reasons, from moving to a smaller space, to temporarily moving while remodeling, to divorce. When they do, they need a place to keep their things safe and secure, which is where self-storage comes in. Using a storage facility to downsize can help you save money and keep your sanity while downsizing to a smaller home, be it temporarily or permanently. But be advised, if you do store furniture, important papers, clothing, etc, make sure everything is labeled and organized, you don’t have to lose or misplace items during a move or divorce, as that will add unneeded stress to an already difficult situation.

Seasonal Decorations
Some of us love to make the most of each and every holiday, be it Halloween, Christmas, Easter, or the 4th of July. But during the other parts of the year, those decorations take up space and collect dust. Many people rent a small unit within a storage facility to keep their lights, fake Christmas trees, easter bunny costumes, and the like, out of their attic where they cause clutter. When using a storage unit for this, make sure the lights are wrapped properly and the items are individually boxed or bagged because you don’t want to rent a unit to store decorations only to find that things have been damaged while not in use.

Equipment and Vehicles
A lot of people opt for a storage unit as a place to keep their hardware, equipment, or tools away from their home where they can be a danger to children or create unnecessary clutter. If you’re a family who skis but doesn’t have the space to store your equipment like snowsuits, snowboards, skis, etc, a storage unit makes perfect sense. Others use storage facilities for the camping gear in the colder months, and then swap it with their snow season equipment in the summer. Although slightly less common, people also use large storage units for vehicle storage, such as cars, motorcycles, boats, and trailers. This helps keep their home’s garage and driveway free and clear so that they can better utilize them in their daily life.

Business Inventory
A lot of online e-commerce business owners use storage space to keep their inventory in a safe place ready to be shipped when they make a sale. While warehouse spaces can be costly for small and midsize businesses, storage space is cost-effective and can save a big chunk of their budget each year. Other uses of storage space for business owners are for tax and other important document safety. Whereas with some businesses being run out of the home papers can get lost causing issues later on in the year, a storage unit will ensure that everything is kept right where it should be.

A Relatives Belonging
Although this is a sad use of storage space, it’s in fact quite common. A loved one or family member passes away and the family doesn’t know what to do with their things. While the family decides what to keep, they use a storage unit at a place to keep the furniture and belongings safe while they take the time to grieve and mourn their loss.

Antiques and Heirlooms
As 82% of storage unit renters are women, it makes sense that a big use of storage space is for heirloom antiques, jewelry, and fashion. If you’ve been left with a lot of items by a family member, and don’t use them but just can’t quite throw them away, a storage unit is amazing. It’s a safe affordable place to keep furniture, clothing, or jewelry that’s been left to you. However, if you intend to keep expensive items stored, be sure that the storage facility has insurance, and if the items are worth over 5,000 dollars, consider getting additional insurance. Also, look into how to keep these sentinel items safe from wear and tear.

A storage unit can be used for just about anything, and it’s entirely dependent on the needs of the individual. When choosing the right storage unit, consider how much you'll be storing, for how long, and how valuable the items are.

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