Friday, March 6, 2009
There is approximately 7.2 sq. ft. of self storage space for every man, woman and child in the nation; thus, it is physically possible that every American could stand - all at the same time - under the total canopy of self storage roofing. -- Self Storage Association
And looking beyond the USA, I've been reading articles about self-storage in Ireland, Spain and Latin America.
Self-storage can be a useful tool - or an incredible waste of money. If you're trying to decide if self-storage is right for you, you might read the recent post from organizer Emily Wilska. And here's a very good 3-part series:
1. When paying to store your stuff is a good idea.
2. When paying to store your stuff is a bad idea.
3. How to be a smart self storer.
I've also been noticing some options to the traditional "rent a storage unit" concept.
One of these is Homstie, where individuals with spare space rent it out for storage. At first blush, it seems intriguing - but also fraught with potential legal issues. However, for an additional fee, Homstie will provide you with a lease agreement designed to handle these rentals. [via Lifehacker] Update on March 25, 2013: Homstie seems to have disappeared.
The other alternative I'm seeing are services that let you store things by the box, not by the unit. You pack the box and ship it off to the storage facility. Two such services are Storage by Mail [via organizer Lorie Marrero] and a new service (still in beta) called ClutterFreeBox - which is being pitched to professional organizers. Update on March 25, 2013: ClutterFreeBox seems to have disappeared.
Storage Units: Ads and Anecdotes
[photo by tdenisdesigns / Tyler Denis, licensed under Creative Commons]
Posted by Jeri Dansky at 10:05 PM