Never Say Never: Public Storage

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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 fees.

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?

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