I'm a huge proponent of self storage! Heck, I created an entire site just to share my enthusiasm for
the self storage industry. However, there are sometimes great alternatives to self storage. Let's face
it, we're in a rough economy. People need to save money. Self storage is a great investment in my opinion
but sometimes there may be great alternatives that you will want to consider, especially through
the lens of saving some money.
Self Storage Or Get Rid of Stuff?
One of the easy alternatives to self storage is simply getting rid of your stuff. It's amazing! As a
culture, we have a propensity to keep our old stuff. We'll sometimes store it away for years and years
never to use it again. If you're storing something that will never be used again, you will want to
strongly consider getting rid of it (or donating it for a tax write off). Interested in more? We've
written an entire article on
self storage vs. getting rid of stuff.
Organize Your Life
Another great alternative to self storage is great organization. I have amazed myself over and over
again with my ability to pack stuff in as I get more organized and invest more time. You probably already
have a lot more space than you think in your home and garage. Take some time, install some more shelves,
make a weekend of it. Your ability to organize your life and "pack stuff in" could save you
hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in self storage fees. Similarly, if you still need a mini storage
unit, make sure to organize it well. Read our tips all about
organizing your self storage unit.
Store Your Stuff At a Friend's House
Another great alternative to mini storage: Ask your friends if they have extra space. Ask you parents
if they have extra space. You can often strike a deal with them. Perhaps you will take them to dinner
once a month for free if they allow you to store some stuff in their extra space. People are amazingly
flexible if you're nice. This is a great way to save some money!
Contact Your HOA For Self Storage Options
Do you live in a condo, townhouse, or single family house that has an HOA (homeowner's association)? If
so, contact them and see if there are any storage lockers for rent. You'd be amazed how many HOA's have
some extra space for rent. In the garage where we live (a condo), they have what's called "the
best deal in town." Basically, great storage lockers for a very nominal price. This is a creative
way to store your stuff (closer to home) for a great price.