Stop Storing and Save – Storage Units Are A Waste of Money

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Personal storage facilities are appearing everywhere. Whether new garage-like structures or refashioned warehouses, factories, and banks, all have the purpose of storing our culture’s accumulated stuff. For the “low” price of $39.95 a month, you can rent the smallest of these empty boxes — a space not much bigger than a walk-in closet. The more you have, of course, the more it costs to store. However, by thinking through some alternatives, most storage expenses can be eliminated or, at the very least, decreased.

Reasons for placing items in storage vary greatly; one common reason is running out of space in living quarters. Whether it’s an overgrown collectio

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11 Responses to Stop Storing and Save – Storage Units Are A Waste of Money

  1. Will says:

    America suffers from what I like to call “stuffitis”. People love their “stuff” and don’t want to get rid of it, even if it’s not only totally useless, but also costs them money.

    eBay and Craigslist are great alternatives to get rid of clutter in one’s home!

  2. hahaha – when I first read the title I thought it read “Stop SNORING and Save!”

  3. princessperky says:

    I will ditto the whole ‘get rid of it’ line, really how much stuff can one person need?

    Now I do see a need for self storage for short term issues, moving out of one place before being able to fully move into another, and the like. but in general most folk using them just plain store stuff…they need to visit flylady and clear it out.

  4. Another reason: “de-clutter” your home for staging when you are trying to sell.

    That’s why we have stuff in storage. And, no – it isn’t stuff we can get rid of. It’s mostly furniture that we will need and want in our new home.

    As for storing children’s toys and clothes, that’s just crazy! We use Rubbermaid bins and pack them into the shed in the back yard. We do this every time the seasons change and it works great, and all it costs is the price of a Rubbermaid (or generic) bin!

  5. AndyS says:

    Great article. If you can store it for more than 12 months then maybe you can chuck it.

  6. Hahaha-“stuffitis”, and I thought it was “Stop SNORING and Save” too! Eye Heart Craigslist and my neighbors down the street who gave me cash for the extra stuff I bought when I suffered from a near-fatal case of stuffitis.

  7. At a mortgage workshop held a few weeks ago in my city, one of the handouts warned those who are going through foreclosure against trying to save their household goods through a storage unit.
    Reason: most people in those circumstances cannot afford to keep up the unit payments.
    Suggestion: get rid of or sell as much as you can, taking only what you can keep in your next home or with trusted friends or relatives.
    http://www.blogsmonroe.com/budget/2008/04/02/downsizing-in-financial-crisis-should-you-get-a-storage-unit/

  8. Miranda says:

    “Stuffitis” indeed! If you can put it away in storage, without using it, for years, do you really need it? I like to periodically go through my stuff and sell or give away what I haven’t used in the past 18 months. It really helps us keep the clutter down. And before I buy something, I think about how often it will be used. If I’m not really going to use it, I don’t really need to buy it.

  9. GaelicWench says:

    I am currently renting a storage unit, but solely because the modular home I am renting has no garage. It’s the smallest unit offered and for which I pay $35 a month.

    I dislike having to rent one because this can get downright expensive. That’s $35 I can apply towards a credit card to pay if off more quickly.

    Anyways, storage units for the short term is feasible, but not for the long term as has been the case for us. The unit is fairly small, and it’s storing items I had at my other house before my divorce. An indoor-outdoor vac, luggage, but NO seasonal items, which I refuse to collect because of the demand for storage space. To those who love putting out seasonal things – Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving – and make things look festive, a big kudos. But for DF and myself, we keep it to an absolute minimum and only if it can be stored in a small Rubbermaid container. :p

  10. Pete says:

    I remember the first couple of storage-unit vendors in South Florida, USA, got very wealthy when they correctly predicted that newcomers from the north would be immediately out of room because there are no basements in the southern part of the State.

    Yes, Americans love their stuff and the de-clutter message is beloved by the real-estate industry because it makes our houses easier to “show”. At the same time, we pride ourselves on our ingenuity and frugality in being able to design things out of spare parts, re-use, etc. Guess what – those parts are “stuff” needing to be saved somewhere (Remember: visiting flea markets, garage sales, and junkyards every time you need a part is a time-eater and also more than ever these days, a costly fuel endeavor). Bottom line: keeping “stuff” around is not always wasteful, although I’d agree that paying for storage probably is.

  11. Denise says:

    In my humble experience after much wasted money, let the “stuff” go asap, and take a look at George Carlin’s take…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac

    Laugh and then have a plan to get the stuff out, sell but donate if the selling is not working out. Plan a Saturday for about 2 hours to gather, sort and dropoff to donation centers. Tell people who may know someone who knows someone in need. Peace!

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