When you are moving or just need extra space, a self-storage unit is a perfect solution. This industry, once a mere convenience has become vital to many Americans. In fact, last year we spent around $32.7 billion for storage. Experts forecast that this figure will only increase in the coming years.

Depending on size, states the, these units can cost anywhere from $35-$175 per month. At these reasonable costs, are there other possibilities that a self-storage unit could help you? Consider these eleven unique ideas:

1. Storage for College Students

Self-storage units make the lives of college students much easier. Since most universities vacate their dorms during the summer, resident students need a safe place to store their dorm furniture, books, and other school supplies while they are away. Cheap storage units rented for temporary summer storage are a more practical alternative to hauling everything home for a few months.

2. Downsizing

Empty-nesters often use storage units to store furniture and other belongings while they are downsizing. Storage makes it easy to declutter your home and gives you a place to put things while you sort through and decide what to keep or toss out.

Remodeling your home? Rent a self storage unit to keep your things from cluttering your work space.
Are you remodeling your home? Rent a self-storage unit to keep your stuff from cluttering your workspace.

3. Handy Workshop

If you have a hobby that uses a lot of larger tools (such as woodworking), you may not have enough space in your garage or outbuilding to store it and have room to work. If you consider using a self-storage unit, you would have room for tools and for all the projects you are doing. A bigger space might be ideal to work on restoring your classic hot rod.

4. During a Remodel

The millions of homeowners who are spring cleaning and remodeling this year also find self-storage a great benefit. Move furniture and other clutter into the storage unit to give your contractors and workers the elbow room they need to get your home remodel finished.

5. For Seasonal Storage

Are bulky winter coats, sports gear, or Christmas decorations cluttering your closets? Consider renting a storage unit to stow things during the off-season. Seasonal storage makes your home more livable while keeping these items accessible for the few months that you do need them.

If you have hobbies that involve the use of several tools, you may want to rent a storage unit.
If you have hobbies that involve the use of several tools, you may want to rent a storage unit.

6. As a Music Studio

Remember when you drove your parents crazy with your dreams to start a rock band? You and your friends took up valuable space in the garage and infuriated the neighbors with all the hand-banging noise.

Fast-forward to the band your teenager wants. If there are enough members in the group, everyone can pitch in once a month to rent a self-storage unit for band practice. There are no neighbors to pester, and they can crank their guitars up to their heart’s content. You might consider a unit with climate control, to protect instruments and sensitive equipment. They may talk you into joining!

7. Home Business

If you cannot dedicate a spare room for a home business, you can set up everything in a self-storage unit. You can use Wi-Fi for your computer and use your cell phone for calls. While this probably is not a solution for a 9-5 day, it would make great space for working on special projects or storing supplies and inventory.

8. Home Gym states that the average cost of a gym membership is $35. Depending on the amenities, most lean toward the higher end of the price spectrum. No wonder so many fitness enthusiasts create a gym in their home. What if you have proper exercise equipment and no room in your house for a gym?

You can have the perfect set-up in a self-storage unit. All of your equipment stays safe, and you have access to it 24/7. You save money by not buying an expensive gym membership, and you are not taking up space in your home.

9. Writing Studio

The late Virginia Woolf composed a famous essay on the premise of a woman needing “a room of one’s own” to write. Whether you are a professional writer or do it as a hobby, you know how difficult it is to write with hectic family life around you.

If you do not have a spare room for some writing privacy, consider the idea of a small self-storage unit. You would have room for a desk and all the necessary tools for writing. Who knows—you may write a best-selling novel while in your rented space!

A storage unit is a great place for a quiet artist's studio, and doubles as the perfect place for storing art supplies.
A storage unit is an ideal place for a quiet artist’s studio and doubles as the perfect place for storing art supplies.

10. Art Storage & Studio

Like writing, a budding artist needs space and quiet to think and work. Not only can you store your art supplies in a self-storage unit, but you can also spend time painting your masterpieces. There is plenty of space for art storage of finished paintings, too.

11. Dance Studio

Are you tired of trying to schedule a spot in your local dance studio? The high fees and crowded rooms just do not lend themselves to creative dance. Imagine setting up mirrors and a small sound system in a storage unit. You will have your private retreat for stretching and practicing all your dance numbers. Yoga and meditation would also be perfect in such a space.

Remember that self-storage units are not meant for permanent living. Most storage companies have rules that prohibit it and state laws that make it illegal. However, it is still reasonable to use a storage unit for some of the purposes that were mentioned. Be sure to talk to the business manager about the rules for your unit. Self-storage units can do a lot more than just store old furniture and clutter!




Washington, D.C. is a fascinating city. Locals and visitors alike enjoy its diverse culture, centralized location, and mild weather. Plus, there’s tons of stuff to do, which proves this town isn’t all politics. You can enjoy a vibrant lifestyle with numerous options for entertainment, outdoor recreation, restaurants, and shopping. As the area’s population continues to grow, the influx of more than 1000 new residents a month certainly keeps DC moving companies on their toes.

If you’re planning to make a move to the Nation’s Capital, here’s a round-up of the best places to live:

Capitol Hill

This neighborhood is a good option if you’re planning to work on Capitol Hill. The area comes alive with a breathtaking display of cherry blossoms during spring. You can take in nature’s artwork at the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival or during an afternoon stroll. Charming row houses line the streets and give the area a historic feel. One glimpse will reveal just why this neighborhood is special.

Dog owners and runners will love access to four parks. Enjoy dining on Barracks Row and shopping at Eastern Market. And with access to public transportation, you’ll have opportunity to explore other parts of the city.

Residents of Capitol Hill get glimpses of the beautiful cherry blossom every Spring.
Residents of Capitol Hill get glimpses of the beautiful cherry blossom every Spring.

Adams Morgan

No place is more unique than Adams Morgan. A cultural mecca with a hip, trendy vibe, the center of action is located on 18th street. There you’ll find specialty shops, art galleries, dining, and clubs. When you’re not enjoying live jazz or eating Ethiopian cuisine, check out the farmer’s market on Saturdays.

Living accommodations include houses and large apartment buildings that are near most places. Besides walking, car-sharing (think Uber) and renting a bike will help you get around. The Circulator bus makes getting to the nearest metro stop a breeze.

Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights is an urban treasure with an impressive assortment of 19th century architecture. The area is home to embassies, family-owned restaurants, big-chain retailers, and cultural institutions. Its vibrant sense of community is captured through the annual Columbia Heights Day festival.

An interesting blend of international professionals and creatives call Columbia Heights home. Most find accommodations ranging from high-rise condo buildings to historic row houses.

Historic row houses line the streets of DC's Columbia Heights.
Historic row houses line the streets of DC’s Columbia Heights.


The neighborhood is known for its high elevation. Home to American University, Tenleytown is smaller than most communities. Yet, the small town feel doesn’t keep away young professionals who crave vibrant amenities. Families appreciate the long-term stability of the area and top-rated schools. Housing options include two-story homes and newer apartments.

Cleveland Park

Locals regard Cleveland Park as a safe and easily accessible neighborhood. Its highlights include the Art Deco Uptown Theater and the National Zoo. One of the nation’s first strip malls was built in the area. Today, you’ll find most shopping and dining options on Connecticut Avenue.

An eclectic mix of housing including Victorian-inspired abodes can be found in Cleveland Park. The area also features a dog park funded by member donations.


When it comes to real estate data, the U.S. census bureau has always been one of the leading sources of cold-hard data. The wealth of information that this resource provides is astounding. From a residential perspective it has mountains of data regarding single-family home status that can be used to value regional property rates compared to other regions in a geographic area. From a commercial real estate perspective, this same data can also be used to identify areas of solid investment, or other areas that would be worth divesting property.