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Inside the Divorce of Rod Hart


This is one of a series of stories we are sharing to show what's inside CubeSmart. You not only get a peek inside our customer's storage unit, but also a peek inside what is important to them. Thank you to Rod, a customer of our CubeSmart store in Peachtree Corners, for sharing his story with us.

Rod didn't stop smiling once during our interview. That's just the kind of guy he is. Rod didn't have a lot to smile about when he first came to this Peachtree Corners, GA CubeSmart 15 months ago. He was going through a divorce and it was during this tough time in his life he moved to this location from another CubeSmart several miles away.

Rod's storage unit houses his pride and joy: a 1971 Cutlass Convertible. "I have had it for over 25 years so it's been with longer than most anything in my life.” It's his pride and joy. “It's like one of the kids." Rod comes to CubeSmart at least once a week to "tinker" around with his car or to take it out for a drive. He laughed and said that he loves that car so much he might one day be buried in it.

As Rod's divorce approached, he not only needed to find a place to live, he also needed to get the car out of his garage. "I came in here and these ladies always had a smile for me. They helped me during the divorce. Going through something like a divorce changes your attitude and your outlook on life. It changes who you are as a person. It’s very traumatic. There is so much stress and hurt. It was the darkest time of my life, and it was so depressing and stressful to move. Even more so when you are alone after a divorce. During this tough time in my life, it was so wonderful to have someone smiling and happy to see me every day. I was here a lot. Almost every day because I felt comfortable here."

Rod says that Angela and Alex made CubeSmart the kind of environment that everyone wants to be in. "They crack jokes, they are always smiling and they always cheer me up. You just know that you are in the right place. It's every day, for every person that comes through that door. They are greeted with happiness and sunshine. You really can't help but smile back. I am not sure they know how important that is and how helpful that was for me."

Rod turned around to leave but thought better of it, smiled and shared, "The funny thing is, I don't really need my Cube anymore. I like having it but I could put my car in the garage at home. But man I love these ladies and I would miss seeing them and seeing their smiles. I stay for the community. I stay for the way they continue to make me feel valued. It's a pretty good reason to stay. Wouldn't you agree?"

We'd love to hear how self storage has positively impacted your life. Share your #HumansofSelfStorage story in the comments.

About the author

Stacie Connerty

Stacie is a former marketing executive turned travel writer & lifestyle influencer at DivineLifestyle.com. She is a social media consultant with an MBA in marketing. She was editors pick as Circle of Moms Most Influential Southern Blogger and is a frequent guest speaker at conferences. Stacie lives in Atlanta, is the mother of three, a Girl Scout leader for two troops, board member on rescue organization and is always planning her next epic travel adventure.

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