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The word storage, according to Webster’s Dictionary, comes from the word store- to put aside for future use or for safe keeping. Thus, storage has been around for a long time. The Human Race has used storage in many ways and many places. When we buy a home, women look for storage inside the home- closets and cupboard space. Men look for storage space outside the home- garages, sheds and areas in the yard. Even kids check out storage space in their intended bedrooms- corners of the closet, under the bed, and even in the middle of the room. No matter who we are or where we live, we are a species that needs storage.

We need storage because we all have our own personal stuff that is important to us. Whether it be keepsakes or collectibles, too much furniture, or just stuff we think we may need one day. No matter the reason, the need for storage is part of our lives. We leave our cars parked outside of the garage in the heat, rain and even hurricanes so we can store everything else we cannot part with inside the garage. Our closets are stacked so full it sometimes becomes dangerous to open the door.

The solution to this need to store our stuff was answered by the building and growth of storage facilities. It was the perfect solution. We could keep everything that was near and dear to us or that we felt we may need one day and still have our closets, garages, etc. for the things that belong in them, like clothes and cars. Not only could we put our needed possessions into storage but we could also store our holiday decorations. This frees up even more space in our homes, which relieves us of clutter and gives us the feeling of a neater, more spacious abode . That, in turn, whether we realize it or not, actually gives us a feeling of accomplishment. It enables us to find what we are looking for in the closet or cupboard and we can even vacuum under the bed. We can park our cars in the gagrage, which is more protective and could lead to a longer life for our cars. It’s easier to keep our homes looking neater and cleaner.

In my opinion, storage is a needed and necessary part of living. Besides from the things already mentioned, we need storage when we move or have a catastrophic emergency such as a fire or flooding to name a few. There are many reasons why people need and use storage. I am sure there are many more than than those I have touched on. Whatever your reason for choosing to store your possessions in a storage facility, welcome to the club. We are all members and will all have a need to use a storage facility at least once in our lives.

I have been a storage facility manager for 13 years, so here’s a few tips to help make your storage experience easier when it’s your turn to rent a storage unit.

  1. Location – find a facility close to your home or that you drive by everyday.
  2. Management – talk to the staff – choose locations that have friendly, knowledgeable staff to help you.
  3. Size – don’t get a unit that is too small to save on cost and don’t get a unit that is too large for your needs. Management should be able to help you with this.
  4. Cleanliness and Security – if the facility looks clean as you enter the premises, chances are the units will be the same. Find a facility that has security and video monitoring.
  5. Pest Control – a must at storage facilities.
  6. Price – the lowest price may not always be the best price. It may be worth paying a few extra dollars a month for a unit at a facility that offers all of the above plus later gate access and rent specials.

Happy Storage!

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