The premise of Storage Wars is that people rent windowless rooms in order to store all That Stuff which they have acquired but for which they have no room at home . . . and then fail to pay the rent. After 3 missed months, the contract says that the storage company can auction off the contents. It can get ugly [large people fighting alert].
This all came back to me because of an article about the economics of stuff storage which is worth $38 billion a year in the USA. That's about $1,000 for every man-woman-and-child in the country., and the footprint is something like 300 million sq.m. of lockable concrete boxes. This was flagged on MeFi where the comments, as often on that forum, are at least as interesting as the original article. They are more interesting because they are more diverse because they summarise the experience and feelings of dozens of different people about stuff, loss, acquisitiveness. Some anti-Stuff MeFi comments draw ripostes about compassion and being non-judgmental. The famous William Morris quote about how to live wins both ways on this "If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful". Grand so, I'll shift all the ugly, might-be-useful, stuff across town and store it in an industrial warehouse.
The title of the MeFi post is We house our stuff but not our people which sounds a little cross and judgmental. But there are people resourceful enough to game the system to do both by living in a storage unit. That's more spacious than sleeping in your car.