The Obvious Case for a Garage

December 10, 2020 –

We have more stored junk in the United States than the people of most countries even have.

At a recently conducted garage sale, one buyer commented to me, “There’s a lot of stuff in there. When was the last time your car was in it?” I answered, “Never. I have lived here for fourteen years, and my car has never been inside the garage.”

Here are a few homes with garage stats you might relate to: 

  • 24% of homeowners are embarrassed to leave their garage doors open. (Impulse Research survey)
  • 66% of all occupied housing units in the United States had a garage or carport. (U.S. Bureau of the Census 2017 American Housing Survey).
  • A survey of realtors reveals that garages ranked higher as a desirable storage space for homebuyers than basements or attics. 
  • 20% of respondents in a Garage Living poll said they could not park in their garage.
  • In a U.S. Dept. of Energy study, 50% of homeowners named the garage as the most cluttered and disorganized area of their house. 25% of people with 2-car garages don’t park in them at all. A third can only park one car because of garage clutter.

There is another way to protect, shelter, or store our goods, rentable storage space.

  • About 9% of Americans rent storage space, even though 65% of those homeowners have a garage. (Self Storage Association stat)
  • They estimate there are 45,000-60,000self-storage units in America with over 1.7 billion square feet of storage capacity. 

I have 10×20-ft storage space and a two-car garage. In the garage, I have about $1,500 of junk. My $25,000 automobile weathers outside.

As I think about it, that sums up my garage story.