A dream for many Americans is to have a nuclear family including a spouse, maybe two kids a dog and a white picket fence. However, recent trends have shown that home owning is on the downturn as more and more people are turning to apartment and duplex style living. The main driving factor behind this change is the cheaper short term cost of renting an apartment as opposed to the major investment that comes with buying or even renting a house. Although, with lower costs inevitably comes smaller living spaces. With more and more Americans living in smaller dwellings where else do we have to put our excess belongings but the storage unit?
A recent article in the LA Times found that on average, Americans own around 300,000 things. With living spaces turning to the apartment and becoming more compact, people need a place to store their sentimental armoire, three generations old grandfather clock, or new kayak. In an article by the New York Times, they found that 1 out of every 10 American households rents a storage unit monthly. This is also the fourth straight decade that this particular slice of the real estate market has been widening. With the advent of micro-homes and apartment living it is plain to see that people want to keep their stuff but don’t necessarily want to live with it daily or want to keep planned holiday decorations until it’s their time of year. In every growing industry, however, there are concerns that will inevitably come up. Over the course of four hours in one night 62 storage units were burglarized in New Albany, Indiana. For this reason, it is recommended to purchase storage unit insurance whenever renting. Renter’s insurance is a great way to ensure that nobody can come between you and your belongings and that everything you put will stay there months down the line.
If modern technology has proven anything it’s that people don’t like to be limited on space. There’s a reason the next iPhone or android always makes sure to emphasis their storage capabilities on the first or second line. People like knowing that they have a space they can call their own and can fill with themselves. Storage units have become so ingrained in our lifestyle that the hit show, Storage Wars, was able to afford two spin-off series: Storage Wars: Texas and Storage Wars: New York. The idea is tantalizing that a 5 foot by 5-foot room can hold so much of someone’s life to be enjoyed at a later date. That a home can extend across the city to a memory vault full of past and future adventures.
It has never been a better time to be an American. Not even space can limit your dreams and aspirations. Weekend warriors and family heirloom holders can both rejoice in knowing that you don’t have to sacrifice parts of your life to the simple problem of clutter.Read More