Growing trend of ‘Airbnb for clutter’
If you’re looking to save money on storage, or make some cash from your spare room, a new trend in peer-to-peer self-storage might be for you.
Lack of space in urban homes, coupled with the rise in Marie Kondo-inspired decluttering, has led entrepreneurial types to rent out their garages, spare rooms and other nooks and crannies – as storage space.
Also dubbed the ‘Airbnb for clutter’, the growth in DIY self-storage has seen new companies created to match people who have space with those who don’t.
Peer-to-peer storage can be cheaper than using a commercial company. If you find someone with storage space nearby, it can be more convenient too, allowing you to pop back and sort through your items at leisure.
Kamal El-Haj and his wife Michelle made their garage available through self-storage scheme Stashbee, to make extra cash when their second child was on the way.
After careful vetting, they found a local family wishing to store possessions during a house move. The result was some couches, a filing cabinet, bags of soft toys and various other bits stored in the El-Haj garage, in return for £120 a month.
Founded in 2016, Stashbee is about to expand from London to Birmingham, Manchester and other cities where space is scarce. The company is also considering rural areas, where traditional self-storage is less easy to find.
The trend isn’t unique to the UK, but also big business in France and Canada as well as Australia and the US, where the firm Spacer is a main player. “There’s so much space all around us, in and around peoples’ homes,” says Michael Rosenbaum, co-founder of Spacer.
“Things like garages, and also there’s lots of empty warehouses and offices and things like that, that could be divvied up and used for storage as well.”
Read more about this story in The Guardian.