Top reasons why people rent self-storage

Published on 7/29/2021

Top reasons why people rent self-storage

In the past, storage units were mostly used by large companies and, in a way, were considered a luxury. However, the situation has changed dramatically, and nowadays, more and more people use them for various reasons. For example, most people use them as an extra storage space to keep their belongings safe and sound, but that is not the only reason why one would decide to rent a self-storage unit. Reasons can vary, depending on one's needs, of course. And, that will be the topic of the day. So, if you want to know some of the top reasons why people rent self-storage around the world, keep on reading.

1. To Provide More Space at Home

The 21st century is all about simplicity. People do not feel comfortable in crowded rooms full of items they will probably never use. So, they want to get rid of them (either by selling, donating, or throwing them away). However, sometimes, those items that are crowding one's living space are family heirlooms, wedding and birthday gifts, items of a beloved one who passed away, etc. Getting rid of this 'sentimental clutter' is never easy. The best way to have both more space at home and no guilt is to rent a self-storage unit and keep all those items there. Since self-storage units come in all shapes and sizes, and since they can be climate-controlled, people store pretty much anything in there and not to worry whether your items are safe or not.

A woman carrying boxes

Do not crowd your living space! Pack what you do not use and place it in storage.

2. To Help When Moving a House 

Moving is stressful and complex. However, when you add not having a place for all of your belongings and being forced to keep them at your friend's house or in the backyard even, moving becomes a nightmare. Luckily, there is a practical solution for all of this - renting a self-storage and keeping all of your belongings there until your new home is ready. If you rent a storage unit big enough (or if you rent a couple of them), you can place your entire house there. So, the next time you are moving, make it easy on yourself. If you think you will need help relocating to or from the state, hire professional movers to handle your relocation. And, if you believe that you will need more time to move in, rent a self-storage unit and do not worry about a thing.

3. To Ease the Process of Renovating 

When you start carving out your walls or fixing that leaky roof, trust us, the last thing you want for your furniture is to be covered in dust and debris. Not only that - your furniture and appliances might even get damaged from all that dust. And, most importantly, with all the items in the room, making any renovations is dangerous; you can easily get hurt that way. That is one of the top reasons why people rent self-storage and put all their belongings there until their renovation project is complete. This is a win-win situation for everybody - your furniture will be intact, and you and your workers will not risk getting hurt.


Keep your items out of the way when renovating by placing them in a temporary self-storage.

4. People Rent Self-Storage To Keep Vehicles Safe During the Offseason

Storage units are not only for storing furniture. For instance, if you have many 'toys' like several cars, RVs, boats, motorcycles, etc., you probably also have many worries. Stress is inevitable when possessing expensive vehicles and not having a safe space to store them. If you do not have a garage or a driveway big enough or do not have them at all, you are in big trouble. Luckily, again, that problem can be solved. Nowadays, you can rent a self-storage unit for any vehicle. Depending on what you plan on storing and how safe you want it to be, you can choose between an outdoor parking space, covered outdoor parking space, or a completely closed and secured, climate-controlled storage unit. Talk to the storage facility owner and decide what will work best for your type of vehicle.

5. To Keep Seasonal Items and Recreational Equipment 

If you are an outdoorsy person, you probably have a lot of recreational equipment. Those can be bikes, boats, kayaks, skis, snowboards, tents, golf clubs, and all sorts of things. And, to store them, you probably need an extra room or a huge garage too. Unfortunately, not everybody has that, so their recreational and sports equipment are scattered around the home. If this is the case with you, do yourself a favor and find a nearby storage unit. Once you store all of your recreational equipment in there, your home will be able to breathe freely, and so will you! Moreover, the same thing applies to seasonal items (for Christmas and Halloween, for example) and seasonal clothing. Pack everything into boxes and store them together with your recreational equipment.

A woman surrounded by boxes

You do not have to live in piles of stuff. Move them out of your home and life.

6. To Help Students Living in Dorms

 If you ever lived in a dorm, you probably know how tiny and cramped they can be. The situation worsens if you have to live there with a roommate or two - you are all entitled to bring just one bag. But, nobody follows that 'rule', and that is when chaos happens. However, many students realized that that chaos is not mandatory (nor healthy), and they find a way to live comfortably and still have all they might need close by - they find self-storage units. Self-storage units located close to campuses and colleges are usually relatively cheap and smaller than regular units. Perfect for students who need to store clothes, books, stationery, and similar. So, if you are a college student living in a crowded dorm room, know that one of the most common reasons why people rent self-storage is to have more space in such situations.