Here's my little rant for Thursday - according to the Self Storage Association, we spent $24 BILLION on storage in 2014 in the U.S. alone. Ummm....HELLO.....that means we are spending money to shop, then spending more money to store and organize the things we thought we needed or wanted. The smallest storage unit can run $50/month. That's $600 a year spent on something we obviously aren't using, probably don't need, and definitely don't love (because if you loved it, it wouldn't be in storage!). That $600 is just the beginning - climate controlled units start at $100/month. That would buy A LOT of good coffee!
Yes, of course there are times when storage units can ease the burden of moving, or provide needed space for transition periods. These are not the cases for the majority of the renters, however.
Enticing thought to move our excess clutter into a storage unit and out of our living space? Absolutely! The Self Storage Association even offers a marketing campaign called "Declutterfy - Your Home, Your Office - Your Life!" which encourages you to move the clutter into one of their storage units.
I'll end my rant here, my friends. Please, if you don't use it, need it, or love it - don't buy it in the first place and PLEASE don't spend additional money storing it!!! Sell it, donate it, or find a friend who truly needs it. Don't pay to put it in a giant closet. Then treat yourself to that good cup of coffee!