The 2015 Self-Storage Almanac says the Spokane metro area is one of the nation's leaders in self-storage space per person. What does that say about us?
To be clear, I have no idea what that says. But it must have some larger meaning: We're materialistic? We have small houses? We're packrats?
The SpareFoot Blog, citing figures from the 2015 Self-Storage Almanac, says Wichita ranks No. 1 with 13.16 square feet of self-storage space per person. Here are the top cities:
According to the blog, the Spokane metropolitan area has 125 self-storage facilities with about 6.4 million square feet of space. That gives us 11.93 square feet of self-storage per person.
As for the larger meaning, Jen Bayless, a professional organizer in the Wichita area, takes a stab at that in the SpareFoot blog post. Bayless cites Wichita's big military population (which makes sense in Spokane, too). But she also says Americans have too much stuff: “In my experience, there seems to be an unfortunate growing trend that spans several generations where rather than making the decisions necessary to part with items that are no longer needed, a lot of people would rather pay to store their things for an indefinite amount of time,” she told the blog.