Is A Monthly Storage Unit Fee Worth It?




Furniture, bikes, old electronics, office supplies, seasonal décor, kitchen appliances…

…lions, tigers, bears, oh my.



The list of “Things people put in their storage unit” is an all-inclusive (and rather scary) list.

But is the convenience factor involved with storing things worth the expense?               …how many ways can one person say NO?!

Why is it NOT worth it, you wonder? Well, for the same reason that one is better off selling their belongings than keeping them.

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Follow me down this all-too-common slippery slope…

  1. Nearly no one buys a storage unit with the intention of keeping it long-term.
  2. It’s convenient, so as time goes on, you add things to it here and there.
  3. The monthly amount isn’t that bad, so you justify why it’s “okay.”
  4. The storage unit increases in fullness while the likely hood of you one-day-emptying-it decreases in chances.
  5. Your monthly costs totals to a hefty annual amount…
  6. That annual cost begins to repeat year after year.
  7. The thought of emptying all those items becomes daunting.
  8. You justify the cost of the unit, because “it’s worth it so I don’t have to spend all eternity digging through my stuff.”

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Perhaps you’re about to take the leap to step 1? If that’s the case, you’re probably investigating different storage units in your area.  Maybe you’re at stage 4 or 5 though? If so, it’s probably already overwhelming thinking of how much stuff you’ve accumulated.  No matter what stage you’re at, here’s one thing that remains true:

The amount of money you could get for SELLING your belongings is hefty.                             …Heftier than the annual amounts you pay to store it.

Don’t believe me? Go watch the show show “Storage Wars” on A&E.  In short, teams of professional buyers repossess storage units in hopes of finding hidden treasures.  If the fact that reality has been made into a show isn’t convincing enough, check out the ratings.  Needless to say, there’s value in selling belongings in one’s storage unit.

Here’s some extra thoughts…

  • Just because we live in society that’s adopted the hoarder-mentality as normal and natural, doesn’t mean it is…
  • Just because “someday it may come in handy” doesn’t mean it will…
  • And just because “it’s nice and worth a lot” doesn’t mean it’s making you any money by sitting and gathering dust…
But what could make you money, is selling it.
It’s not the easiest thing in the world, but it’s one of the most fulfilling things in the world.  I speak from experience, as I once helped a friend empty 5,000 pounds of…what did he call it? Oh yes, his “childhood”…from the storage unit. A dusty, long forgotten about childhood.

You don’t realize the weight you carry just knowing you have a giant metal box that’s storing lots of random belongings…until it’s all empty. And you don’t realize how heavy that weight truly was on you, until it’s lifted.


Sell it; don’t store it.