Why Are You Renting a Storage Unit?

Updated on November 12, 2017
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Minimalism is catching on, and I'm excited about streamlining. I'm sharing what I've learned about decluttering and simplifying our lives.


I hear my friends talk about organizing their rented storage or shifting stuff from one unit to another. It really makes me wonder what the heck are they storing.

Do they have so many valuable things that they won't all fit in their house? Is it just junk that they don't really want anymore, but haven't made the decision to let it go?

Anyway, my point is that the monthly fee for a storage unit can be a real drain on the budget. Pare it down, make it fit in your home, or let it go. You will save bunches of money.

I remember my husband's grandmother moving from Ohio at age 90 to live with her daughter in Maryland. She moved reluctantly, so to soften the transition, they brought quite a bit of her furniture to Maryland and put it in a storage unit.

Everyone, except the grandmother, knew that she would never be able to live independently again as she had difficulty walking and was almost blind. They kept all that stuff in the unit for years until she passed away. Any value the vintage pieces might have had was long lost in the costs of storing them. Very sad.


What use is anything if it's in storage? Sure, I can see someone who redecorates a big house every holiday needing a storage space for all those containers of seasonal goods. (Yes, I know people like that!)

It makes sense if it is someone who runs a small home-based business that requires a stockpile of supplies and perhaps tools that he or she uses every couple of months.

If it's just to store stuff you don't use but are reluctant to part with? What a waste of money. Indecisiveness is costing you too much.

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I have stuff that I just need to let go of. I really must make a decision and not just keep pushing things back into the closet.

— Virginia Allain

A Few Reasons People Rent Storage Units

I've rented storage space in the past when I was living in temporary digs.
I can see if you have to move in somewhere temporarily that you may have to store your belongings for a short time. When people let it go on for years, that's crazy
A friend rented a couple of storage units for years for her extra stuff.
In the process of moving onto my boat, I got rid of, one way or another, all of my furniture and 95% of everything else.
It's true - a small number of treasured possessions is nice, but the amount of stuff we ordinarily lug around? Never again! That said, even after this process, I still need to get rid of even more!
I have stuff piled up here and there and do need to whittle it down.
I refuse to rent a storage unit though I could fill a small one. I'm too cheap!

Sometimes Stored Items Get Ruined by Rodents or Other Causes

I'm feeling Guilty Now about Storing Too Much Stuff

I should practice what I preach. If I'd been willing to give up my collections of quilts, vintage china, baskets, Tindeco tins, etc. when we moved from Baltimore, we would have fit into a much smaller house. Think of all the money we would have saved.

It's 20 years later and the ownership of all that stuff now seems not so important. We hang onto things for much longer than seems sensible.

Even though I'm not renting a storage unit to hold all this stuff, there is a cost to hanging onto it all.

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        Tim Mitchell 

        2 years ago from Escondido, CA

        Great article giving cause to consider possessions. Makes you wondered if the person is possessed by their possessions. I think interestingly storage units come after someone realizes they need their garage back.


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