How a Genius Lived in a Storage Locker for $200 a Month

Actually trying to live out of a cheap storage locker goes against every single legal document you have to sign in order to rent it out, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, as YouTuber 007craft demonstrates.

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After giving up his apartment to go hike the Pacific Crest Trail, 007craft didn’t have a place to live when he got home. But instead of finding an apartment that would have cost him more than $1,000 per month, he decided to turn the $200 per month storage locker, where all his stuff was already stashed into a highly affordable makeshift home for two whole months.

His 10-foot by 10-foot by six-foot storage locker apartment seems surprisingly comfortable, with a bed, tiny kitchen, a sofa, basic plumbing, and even electricity thanks to an extension cord covertly run to an outlet located a few doors down. As he explained in a Reddit AMA about his setup, he had to rely on a gym and nearby community center for showering, but had he stayed in the storage locker longer than two months, he actually had plans to even build a pop-up shower.

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Before you start to think that this is the perfect way to save for a down payment on a house, remember this is completely against the rules at any and all storage facilities. And if you were to get caught, getting kicked out would be the least of your problems.

[YouTube via BoingBoing]

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Ravenous Sophovore

Well, let’s see.

This is illegal, being a violation of your contract. They are also a business, which means being there after business hours is trespassing.

And probably not a safe “neighborhood” given the sorts of illegal activities that routinely happen in storage units (storing stolen goods, chop shops, meth labs, etc.).

Plus, storage units do not have the same building codes as houses, so there is typically far less protection from fire or other natural disasters that an apartment complex would typically have. Adequate ventilation can also be a big issue. Particularly since he wanted to add a shower - that’s just asking for mold and mildew growth, which is not only hazardous to you, but can damage the building, other people’s possessions, and cost the owner a bundle in expensive mitigation. And he’s creating a fire hazard with his electronic devices, particularly the kitchen gadgets, so he could even burn down the whole place.

Non-climate controlled facilities can also get dangerously hot or cold, with extreme temperature swings possible.

Storing food and a sweaty person in one can also bring in pests, which can be hazardous to your health and destroy your and other people’s possessions. And again cost the building owner as they will be required to pay to exterminate them.

So, no, not a genius. An idiot and an asshole.