Improving Your Life with Storage

Self Storage

Joani Portwood
July 13th, 2021

Did you know there are more self storage facilities in the United States than McDonald's? Considering the average home contains over 300,000 items it's no wonder the self storage industry is growing at a rapid rate.

Considering the rapid growth of the storage industry, you have probably seen new storage facilities popping up in your area. Maybe you have always thought storage units were mainly for people who were moving and just needed somewhere to put their things temporarily. While that is one great use for storage, there are several ways in which storage could help simplify your life.

Less Clutter Equals Less Stress

With minimalism all the rage, perhaps you have had thoughts about decluttering your own home. A recent UCLA study confirmed there is a direct correlation between a woman's cortisol (stress) level and the number of unnecessary objects in a home. Come on guys, happy wife happy life, am I right? Maybe you have thought about decluttering but don't really know where to begin. Maybe you're afraid you'll get rid of things you may need later. That's where self storage comes in! I spoke with an expert in the storage industry and he said renting a small self storage unit is a great step to take in deculttering your home. This would allow you to put seasonal items such as holiday decorations in storage. Keep your winter clothes in storage in the summer and vice versa to keep your closet neat and tidy year round! Maybe you're not quite ready to let go of your 12 pairs of jeans that no longer fit, maybe your grandmother's gnome collection does spark joy, Marie Kondo. Put those items in storage and they will be kept safe until the day comes when you decide gnomes make the perfect decor.

Anyone have children (also known as toy magnets)? The United States buys 40% of the world's toys but only counts for 3% of the population of children. On that same note, the average 10 year old has 238 toys and only play with 12. That right there is 226 items that are just taking up space in your home. Maybe you're planning on having more children and want to keep unused toys for a sibling. Keeping them in storage will ensure they're out of your way and kept in good condition.

Imagine a scenario with me: you spend 7 hours cleaning your house, putting toys away, folding laudry, putting dishes away. You're tired but in a great mood because your house looks so good! Not even 10 minutes pass and you walk into the living room only to find your toddler has dumped a bag of blocks all over the floor, your husband has left two pairs of shoes by the door, and the dog chewed up a toy and now there's bits of toy all over your freshly vacuumed rug. You stand back and look at the mess and can't even tell you've cleaned and you're left feeling stressed, frustrated, and irritated. What if I told you that putting excess items in storage would cut down your housework by 40%?! If that's not motivation to put those extra items away then I don' know what is!

Take Back Your Garage

Last October I told my husband I was cleaing out the garage and I was going to park in there over the decision ever! Gone are the days of getting into a freezing cold car and scraping an icy windshield every morning. Aside from your house, I would be willing to bet your vehicle is the most expensive item you own. Garages seem to have become a catch-all for items you no longer want in the house which leaves your car out in the cold...literally! Chances are you don't use the items in your garage regularly. A storage unit is a great place to keep extra garage items. Now that spring is here, why not put your snow blower and snow shovel away and make room for your vehicle? Storing your vehicle inside will lead to less repairs over time as well as a higher trade in value.

Keep Sentimental Items Safe

I'm sure we all have items that have sentimental value that we may not use often, or even ever. When I was 7 years old my grandma made me a quilt. I don't use the quilt but it's a special keepsake that I would never part with. There are certain items that we know we just can't ever get rid of, even if we may never use them again. Placing these items in storage is a great alternative to having them in your home. That way, you know they are kept safe but you can free up your house for items that you use on a daily basis.

Down Size In A Big Way

Maybe you're moving to a small house soon. You know you can't fit everything in your 3500 square foot house into your new 1000 square foot house. Moving is stressful enough without worrying about what to keep and what to get rid of. Self storage is a great way to keep all your belongings while giving you one less thing to worry about during the moving process. Store your excess home decor and switch it out when you're ready for a change. That way it's like you're completely redecorating your home without the added expense! You never know when the extra belongings might come in handy and keeping them in storage will make them easily accessible when the time comes that you need them.

Hawkeye Storage is a great place to keep your items safe and secure. Our friendly office staff would be happy to help you choose the unit that is right for you. If the declutter bug strikes you at 1:00 AM--no problem! You can sign up online 24/7 at