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They Paved Paradise and Put Up a… Storage Unit?

Storage units are becoming all the rage. Let’s say you downsize, but you want to keep more than you can fit into your new place. What do you do with your excess stuff that you can’t bear to part with? Store it. I think that storage units, or at least the mysterious contents within, are getting more publicity with TV shows like “Storage Wars”. But think about it, why do shows like “Storage Wars” exist? It’s because the renters (not owners) of these units have failed to keep current with the cost of keeping their (extra) stuff stored!

Let’s take a mathematical look at this. After perusing the internet, I found the cheapest storage locker to be $25 per month for a 4 x 3′ locker. That’s pretty tiny. That was also by far the cheapest, as the next price up was $70/month. The highest price I found was $530 per month – climate controlled of course (We’ve only just turned on our A/C for the first time, and it’s the middle of July). So, you could spend as little as $300 per year, or up to $6,300 per year, storing stuff.

I completely understand that sometimes people require storage units because they’re in the middle of moving, but the closing of your new home is after the closing of your old one. Or, perhaps, you live in an apartment, and you’re an avid camper and outdoorsy person, but you simply don’t have space for your canoe in your bachelor pad – maybe you could get creative and turn it into a couch? Just kidding 🙂 But, I do understand that sometimes they are more of a necessity than a luxury.

However, I truly believe that more often than not, storage units are used as a delay tactic, so that one does not have to deal with tough decisions this instant, but can put it off until later. But putting it off can cost you, big time. If you have items that you do not want, or that you do not use any more, consider selling them. Kijiji and E-bay are both great options for getting money out of your excess stuff (rather than spending money on it). Another possibility is to seek out consignment shops. Don’t care about the money? Donate it!

If you are currently using a storage unit, I want to encourage you to seriously think about what you are storing. If you can’t remember what’s in there, sell it. If you can, consider the cost of the storage, and determine if it is really worth it. Sometimes less is more.


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  1. * kitchenmudge says:

    How about this?

    Before acquiring anything larger than, say, a hardcover book, think: “Would I pay a dollar a month per cubic foot to store this thing for as long as I keep it?”

    Not acquiring things is the solution.

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 8 months ago
    • * sortitcanada says:

      Thank you for your input! Would you consider yourself a minimalist?

      | Reply Posted 6 years, 8 months ago
      • * kitchenmudge says:

        How about just “lazy”?

        I don’t like to have to consider the state of a lot of crap around me when I go about my life.

        Posted 6 years, 8 months ago
  2. * sortitcanada says:

    Fair enough 🙂

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 8 months ago

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