I recently came across a very interesting article in the New York Times about storage facilities in the United States:  NY times article

It’s an interesting article about how people store things (and sometimes forget about them) in storage facilities all over the country.  I know that it seems like everywhere we drive, we see tons of storage facilities.  And they seem to keep popping up everywhere.

Twice when Handy Man and I moved, we had a gap in between leaving our old house and buying our new one.  The first time, we looked for a storage facility, and there were no openings in any facility in the surrounding area.  We ended up storing our things in a neighbor’s garage.  He had one garage bay open, and we had to make it all fit into that spot.  Our stuff was piled up to the ceiling.

The next time we needed storage, we used my parent’s garage and basement (thanks Mom and Dad)!  We were dirt poor from not being able to sell our second house, renting a new house, and  had to move twice. We also weren’t sure about where we would end up moving.

The article says that while storage units were first built to help people through transitional periods (like a new marriage, divorce, moving, deaths), as time went along, people began to use them for overflow of personal items.  With the recent recession, many storage units are going into foreclosure.  The contents of the units are auctioned off.  A lot of the stuff inside the units is “junk”, according to the owners of the storage facilities.

This part of the article was really striking to me.  It says:

The Self Storage Association notes that, with more than seven square feet for every man, woman and child, it’s now “physically possible that every American could stand — all at the same time — under the total canopy of self-storage roofing.”

Wow! Just let that sink in for a moment.

Do you have a storage unit? If so, can you try to clean it out, especially if you don’t use the items and probably never will?  It would be a good way to cut out an extra bill.  Did you ever use a storage unit for a transitional period in your life?  How did it work out?