Most everyone has the same storage problem: too much stuff, not enough space. While it is great to have so many things that you don’t want to throw away, it can quickly become overwhelming.

This is why storage units are increasingly popular all across the nation. In so many cases, they are the perfect solution to store anything you deem valuable enough to keep but don’t need to use that often.

But there is one big (false) perception problem that holds people back. When they think of a storage unit, a lot of people expect to see a small, dank, grimy, cement room only fit to hold junk. Maybe they have seen too many reality auction shows, maybe they tried one once in 1987 or maybe they just have no first-hand experience.

But that’s not the reality anymore in most cases. Storage units have come a long way. With better technology and design, they are now capable of holding a wide variety of belongings that you hold dear but just don’t have room for at home.

Climate-Controlled Storage Units

The most exciting advance in recent years has been the widespread availability of climate-controlled storage unites. This has been a major improvement because a lot of items are more sensitive to temperature than you think. And humidity can be just as important. All too often in the past, people would open up their unregulated units and find them to be full of mildew, mold or rust. Even things that don’t seem delicate — wood furniture and old paper documents — can be damaged if they get too hot, too cold or too damp.

That doesn’t need to be a concern anymore. Despite the relentless heat of Texas, for example, Austin storage companies can keep the temperature low enough to protect any item that needs to remain closer to room temperature. The same goes in New England where the mercury can fall below zero. All across the country, some people have even started using these units to store wine at the perfect temperature. It isn’t exactly a chateau underground cellar, but it keeps prized bottles safe and aging beautifully all the same.

Easy Access to Vehicles and Seasonal Storage

In 2019, storage units aren’t just for your old baseball cards, used sneakers or things you’re happy to forget about for the next half-decade. Companies today now accommodate almost everything and provide easy access to your stuff. There are a wide variety of sizes and specialized units to hold whatever you want, and it is very easy to just drive up, get what you need, and then be on your way.

Many companies have onsite storage for vehicles, boats, snowmobiles and more. There are a lot of things you only use seasonally — like a jet ski, snowmobile or both — and the top storage unit companies are now able to serve these needs. With very little effort, you can stop by to pick up your summer toy without spending hours waiting around for some attendant to come through outdated paper records. Everything is now organized very well in digital systems that allow for quick access whenever you need it.

Holding On

With all the advances and options now available — and the very reasonable costs — you should feel completely comfortable putting all your overflow into a storage unit.

This isn’t the old days. New designs, improved technology, new facilities and easy access mean that everything can now be kept out of the way with no downside at all. It is safe, secure, available in many sizes and designs — even with climate-control.

What do you have? Some old bank statements you just can’t throw away? A half a house worth of belongings after you downsize? Your favorite classic vehicle? That jet ski that you only use for three months a year? Maybe even a few crates of wine? Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. Today’s modern storage units are capable of holding it all.