There are times when we all could use a storage unit, such as during a big move, but what about repeat customers? Storage facilities have hundreds of units being used all the time, and not just temporarily. Let’s meet a few types of storage “regulars.”
I think they actually prefer the term, “sentimentalist,” but you get the idea. This person takes on a permanent storage unit (or several) to house an overflow of accumulated belongings. You might see anything in these types of units: boxes of old newspapers and receipts, clothing, yearbooks, records, antique furniture, mannequins, you name it. In many instances, these items will never emerge out of storage, but to the owner, they are treasures that cannot be given up.
This is just a more organized hoarder. This person has precious, priceless items spanning generations and needs a safe place to keep them in mint condition. These could be musical instruments, works of art, coins, stamps, or first edition books.
Many professions out there require cumbersome accessories. Artists of all kinds, such as musicians, photographers, designers, painters, and sculptors all need room to store the tools of their trades that may not fit in their living spaces.
You know this person: the friend or family member who is always thinking ahead, planning for the future, and asking ‘what if?’. The planner may not have kids yet, but he’ll need a place to store the crib and toys he got on closeout clearance day. She may still live with her parents, but she had to have the vintage floor-to-ceiling bookcase for her future place. The planner is ready for anything, and probably has a few tents, kayaks, and an inflatable water slide in the back of his storage unit.
Most people have a hobby or two, but some need to try a little bit of everything. As these regulars move on to other interests, they need a place to store the fallout of the previous ones. Exercise equipment, bicycles and camping gear, instruments, model airplanes, and classic cars could all be found in their units.
So when you think of self-storage, no need to limit your view to the itinerant movers and students who require these services. As you can see, there is a wide range of individuals who make regular storage a part of their lives.