People use self-storage for these 9 reasons — do you need storage?

Most Americans have too many things. Here are some quick facts about Americans and STUFF:

  • There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times).
  • While 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32% only have room for one vehicle (U.S. Department of Energy).
  • 3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally (UCLA).
  • The average American woman owns 30 outfits—one for every day of the month. In 1930, that figure was nine (Forbes).

Here are 9 reasons people need a storage unit:

Too much stuff at home

“Clutter is postponed decisions.” Start decluttering your home and mind today!

Some people have too much stuff at home and they need to pare down a bit.

Do you feel like you have too much stuff? Maybe a storage unit is just what you need. Here are some things to put in a unit:

  • Winter or summer clothing. You shouldn’t have to store your clothing in two dressers, put them in storage containers and put in a small unit.
  • Bikes or outdoor objects. A bike usually cannot fit a home, so store in a unit until you want to ride. Other outdoor objects like patio furniture, camping gear, and sports equipment can be stored in a unit.
  • Too much furniture. That large entertainment center piece, dresser, and coffee table can be stored if you need extra space for a few months. If you have visitors or someone living with you for a time, consider putting furniture in storage.

Lessen the stress of moving


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It’s hard to get timing right when moving into a new home. If it’s not ready and you have to move out of your old home, then a storage unit could come in handy. While you wait for your new house to be ready, unload all home contents in a storage unit.

Another time for a storage unit comes in handy is when staging your home to sell. Put unwanted objects in a unit for people to NOT see. Make it feel like home to visitors.

Renovating a home

Redoing the kitchen? Take all items to a unit while construction is happening. Save room for you, your family, and the workers as it’s being remodeled.



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Made a quick decision to move to a smaller home, but still have all your stuff? Put the extra stuff in a unit until you have time to sell it or make room for it.

Tools for a business


If you make your living through tools in your vehicle, then maybe consider storing them in a unit. In the unfortunate event that something happens to your tools, you won’t have a way to bring income. Keep them safe by storing in a unit.

Store loved one’s belongings


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It’s a sad thing, but it happens often. A loved one passes away and the family doesn’t know what to do with their things. While you mourn, put their belongings in a unit until you have the mind space to go through their things.

In between semesters for students

College students are gone only for a few weeks from the end of December to the start of January. Maybe the lease agreement will expire at the end of the month before you return from break. If that’s the case, rent a unit and store belongings for a month until you return.

Studying or working abroad


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Students or professionals traveling abroad may need a place to store belongings. Whether it be four months or a year, it may be easier to store items then it is to sell stuff — and less headache.

Organizing inventory for business


People store extra inventory for their business. Shirts, boxes, crafts, etc… all these things are okay to store in a unit.

Contact Moishe’s Self Storage if you’re looking for cheap storage units in New York City to hold wine, art, or other things. Our Manhattan/The Bronx and Queens/Brooklyn Storage Facilities are conveniently located near you. We offer over 20 different storage unit sizes, available to individuals, students, and businesses. Reserve your room, view specials, or contact us.
Other resources to consider:

143 Ways To Make Moving Easier For You, Kids, And Pets — With A Printable Version

5 Ways To Find Cheap Storage In New York City

9 Tips When Visiting New York City For The First Time

11 Reasons Why College Students Should Store Stuff In NYC