In this edition of "Not Necessarily The News," Tootie Landry wonders what everyone in the Lafayette area is keeping in their storage units.

"Hey! I’m Tootie Landry and this is what I found out today! While driving around the Lafayette area, I can’t help but notice all of the storage units around town! What is everybody keeping? I can understand safety deposit boxes, lockers in school, and filing cabinets; but when we need to rent a room that’s the size of a home in a third world country, that could be a problem!

According to the Self-Storage Association, 50% of storage unit renters are storing what won’t fit in their home! And 1 out of 11 Americans rent a storage unit!

Could it be because American culture is so firmly determined to get a bargain? Think about it… we shop on our lunch hour, patronize outlet malls on vacation, and satisfy our late nights by clicking on a mouse and ordering more stuff!! What are we doing?

And what is with those climate and humidity controlled units? Are they breeding birds in there?

For purposes of this commentary, I called a climate controlled storage business and asked them, “What are your customers keeping in there?” After all, I could have been out the loop on this one! Their answer, “Stuffed animals, Mardi Gras beads, and old furniture.” Yep, what I thought! Really valuable things! And I’m Tootie Landry and this is “Not Necessarily the News!”