I have long thought that storage spaces were
something reserved for the clutter bound, for those with years of built up
furniture, sentiments and old technology that they just couldn’t bear to part
with. But not me.
I am, as my mom so aptly put it the
other day, the opposite of a hoarder. Meaning I border on having a compulsion
of my own, to purge anything I don’t deem immediately useful. This has led to
the odd cable being thrown out and then later replaced at some expense and
inconvenience when I discover that I do, in fact, need it. The whole idea of paying someone to
store stuff is borderline offensive to me, and over the course of years I always
assumed the price of the whole lot of it wouldn’t be worth the price you paid in rental
But then something happened. I’ve so
far survived in a string of tiny city apartments with limited space (even a
450 square foot one with a plus one and a dog), but I've now found myself in a shared space with
a tiny footprint and no storage space whatsoever, and I finally caved.
For one, my boyfriend doesn’t share my
complete and utter lack of sentimentality regarding possessions, and he stops me
before I chuck things like the remote. For another, I’ve come to find that
paying that little bit extra in addition to my astronomical San Francisco rent frees me up
to really enjoy my space and get the most of it, without letting go of all of my
books, mementos and (very importantly) my surfboards.
Would you consider renting a storage unit? Why?