When you pass a self-storage facility, the first thing that probably strikes you is how many units there are. As you pass row after row, you might find yourself struggling to think of why anyone uses a self-storage unit. Are all these people up to something? Are they Han Solo-like smugglers?

Storage Direct has helped a lot of customers get space to safely store their stuff, so we’ve heard a lot of stories. It turns out, there are more reasons to use a self-storage facility on Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Here are six of the most common reasons we’ve heard for why people decide to store with us.



Moving is by far the most common reason why people rent a storage unit, and it makes sense. Until you know for sure where you’re moving and how much space you’ll have, it’s hard to know what you should do about all your stuff. Is my couch going to fit through the door? Will I have room for my futon in the living room?

Moving can be a stressful time, and not knowing where all your stuff is or when you’ll figure out where to put everything doesn’t help. That’s why a lot of our customers choose to rent a self-storage unit near the place they’re moving to. That way, they can take everything they need to a nearby location at their leisure, and know where everything is while they get organized.



Sometimes organization just gets away from us. It happens to everyone. You all get busy or a pile of new holiday gifts land in your living room, and suddenly there’s stuff you don’t know what to do with laying everywhere. It’s amazing how fast things tend to pile up, even if you have organization down to a science.

We don’t think about it a lot, but one of the biggest daily stressors in our lives is general disorganization. It really sucks to come home from a stressful day at work to find a cluttered mess waiting for you. Sometimes, all you need to feel a lot more organized is a little extra space you can devote to storage. Move some of the clutter out of your house, and see how much better you feel.


Hanging On to Someone’s Stuff

Do you have a college student who just moved out? How about a young adult moving into their first (tiny) apartment? What happens when your college student comes home for the summer? Or your young adult can’t fit all their stuff into their apartment? A lot of our customers use storage facilities as temporary places to keep extra furniture and appliances that don’t have another place to go at the moment.

You don’t want to keep a mini-fridge and a giant Scarface poster in your basement for three months this summer while junior lounges around your house and “works” on his novel. If you use a temporary storage unit, you move him from the dorm (and back–hooray!) quickly and painlessly.


Vehicle Storage

You know what’s not a particularly great look? Keeping a covered boat or RV in your driveway all year long. Don’t be that neighbor. One of the most common things people store in our units are recreational vehicles. We have the space and functionality to take care of cars, motorcycles, RVs, ATVs, boats, jet skis, segways, Flintstone-mobiles, motorized unicycles (yeah, they’re a thing), and pretty much whatever else you can think of.

Sometimes even if you have the space to store your recreational vehicles on your own, it’s a good idea to keep them in a storage unit. Boats and RVs tend to take up a lot of space, and they require periodic maintenance, as well. If you don’t have the right conditions, you may also have to worry about rust or equipment malfunctions. Storage Direct offers units made for safely storing even sensitive vehicles, so you don’t need to worry.


Storing Keepsakes

Just about every family has this stuff: old, beloved things with high sentimental value but no practical purpose. Your grandpa’s baseball glove. Your daughter’s first essay. The wooden boards you axe-kicked in half during your Taekwondo lessons at the strip mall. You would never toss any of this stuff, but it can become a pain if you’re constantly tripping over it when you’re trying to get things done.

Though it’s less common, a lot of our customers use our units on a long-term basis. Keep the kinds of things you can’t get rid of but don’t use in a safe place. You’ll always know where they are without having to worry about where to keep them. Plus, when your friends ask you about your storied past in the martial arts, you’ll be able to offer proof that you’re not to be messed with.


Sharing Stuff

One of the best parts about a storage unit is you can specify who gets access to it. After renting a unit, you can ask a facility manager for another key or access code. If you have anything you share with another group of people, this could be a really convenient way to share access to it. You could split the cost of the unit, and then make a schedule for who has access when.

This is also a good way to keep equipment for a larger group. No one person on an intramural sports team wants to keep all the gear at their place, but it can be inconvenient for everyone to keep different pieces. What if someone doesn’t show up for practice, and they had the goalposts? If your team split the cost of a unit, you could keep everything you need in one place at a very low cost to each member. Plus, you’d always know where it is and how to get it.


As you can see, there are as many reasons to use self-storage as there are self-storage units available. We here at Storage Direct have seen a little bit of everything, which is why we go out of our way to make sure we offer as many options and amenities as possible. We’ll never know what you might need, but we’ll do our best to be prepared for it!

If you have more questions about self-storage, check out our FAQ! If you think you might be interested in a unit, find the one that’s right for you online or give us a call today.