Why are self-storage facilities that are essentially warehouses for personal junk flourishing on every corner? Some say it’s the pursuit of the American dream. Thanks in part to the deluge of advertisements and media, many people have come to associate the American Dream with material prosperity and consumption of material goods. The more people have, the more space they require to store it.
One might say that the pursuit of the modern American Dream in the form of consumerism is why self-storage is a $38 billion-dollar industry. When space runs out to keep all the accumulated ‘treasures’ it’s time for a storage unit. They say that ‘sex sells’, but this self-storage sector snapshot validates that in fact unsexy storage is what really sells.
Here are 5 reasons to avoid self-storage at all cost. (Pun intended)
1) Most stored objects depreciate over time
Those downsizing often seek out storage units to hold their excess furniture and belongings that no longer fit in their home. In many cases the value of these items depreciates over time due to changes in trends and styles. This depreciation added to the monthly cost of maintaining storage causes people to hemorrhage money. Likely they could have saved and replaced their belongings instead of paying for self-storage.
2) Self-storage can cause stress and anxiety
There’s something overwhelming about having a storage unit full of stuff. We tend to ignore it, become exhausted at the thought of moving it, and avoid figuring out how to get rid of it. Inertia sets in and we (almost gladly) fork over the $65.00 or $75.00 a month to maintain the status quo. After a few years of paying our monthly dues, we have nothing to show for it besides the same old anxiety-producing pile of stuff.
3) Storage fees are financially draining
The national average cost of self-storage for all unit sizes is $88.85 per month, according to SpareFoot data. (2018) Maybe $88.85 a month doesn’t sound like that much, but when years slip by and thousands of dollars have been spent, renters of storage units often come to regret their choice. Often it’s human apathy that keeps people paying the monthly fee just to avoid spending a day going through their storage unit. “Human laziness has always been a big friend of self-storage operators,” Derek Naylor, former president of Storage Marketing Solutions, told The New York Times in 2009. “Because once they’re in, nobody likes to spend all day moving their stuff out of storage. As much as they can afford it, and feel psychologically that they can afford it, they’ll leave their stuff in there forever.”
4) Offsite storage promotes acquisition
Access to offsite storage creates a pattern of constant consumption without a necessity to purge. When items can be tucked away in storage they become out of site and out of mind. This extra space that people free up in their home allows them to continue to consume goods, many of which they often don’t need, without consequence. Offsite storage enables hoarders to continue with cycles of buying, consuming, and saving without the need to organize, sort or purge.
5) If you can store it for years you can live without it.
Professional organizers and decluttering experts sing the same refrain — if you haven’t used it in six months or a year, you can live without it. The same logic applies to the objects we’re warehousing in our storage units. If you can box it up and lock it up for years, do you really need it? If it’s not used regularly, what’s its real value? You’re spending money to keep things you don’t need.
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BinSwap Valet Storage offers an alternative solution to get you out of your self-storage lockers. BinSwap challenges clients to “Live smaller. Store Smarter.” The idea is to purge what you don’t need and store off season items or decorations that you aren’t using at the moment. Clients have access to an online portal where they can take photos and log exactly what they have in storage. The best part is, BinSwap delivers storage right to your front door so you don’t have to schlep to a storage unit across town. BinSwap was built on the ideals of accessible, ‘swappable’ storage. This is the opposite of self-storage units that want you to store and forget about it.