Storage units, in a way, are the ultimate expression of our shared American consumerist habits. Our country, and most in it, are successful and have enough disposable income to buy plenty of stuff. We are also good at filling our houses and find ourselves needing additional places to put more stuff. After the basement, attic, and garage are full, we turn to external solutions. And as a testament to the fact that money can buy almost anything; we fork over more money for a place to put our stuff.
Enter the venerable, classic storage unit. There are hundreds of storage unit companies and thousands of storage unit locations across the United States. Chances are you have a couple in your town. If you didn’t know, these places are a huge business – and they make a bunch of money. As you know, they also likely charge you quite a bit.
So here’s the discussion: if you rent or own a storage unit, think to yourself… Do I really need all the stuff in that unit? Where else am I keeping my stuff? Is my attic, basement, garage, and living room already full, and now I’ve expanded to a storage unit? Or, do I really need an ADDITIONAL storage unit? When is the last time I used the stuff in the unit, and when do I foresee myself using it in the future? Would the cost savings outweigh the day of purging and the hiring of a junk removal company to eliminate the problem?
Now, sometimes there’s a legitimate need for a storage unit. Perhaps you’re in the middle of a move, or you find yourself needing to stash your stuff somewhere during a transition. Perhaps you’re in the armed forces and have deployed overseas. If you have a justifiable need that you’re happy with, we’re not really looking at you.
We’re looking at the guy or gal that is really good at accumulating stuff (whatever that stuff is) and never gets rid of anything.
Here’s the challenge. Assuming you have stuff all around your house, could you purge and discard a few things from your attic, a couple big things from your basement, and a couple boxes from the garage, and move the stuff from the storage unit into your free space? In the process, you could hire a junk removal company to help – and then clear your unit out AND SAVE ALL THAT MONEY. How much do you spend in a year on your unit? What else could you do with that money?
If you’re able to purge and discard even more, you’ll free up space in your home to do even more. More room for activities, relaxation, or whatever you might like.
No pressure – but think about whether or not you can commit to a little cleanup, and potentially save a lot of money in the coming months and years.