Day in and out, we are digging into app stores for almost every work. There are apps to locate food hubs, price chart of a restaurant. Traveling apps are there to help in packing bags and managing the whole trip. There are apps for doing business, studying, playing, etc. So how could storing stay behind? No, we are not talking about storing documents or important data on your smartphone or laptop or tablet.
Its about keeping things that mean a lot to you- a photograph, or a book, or maybe something that has been with you for years. These things are otherwise under dust, but we at times forget to take care of them although they are precious. To keep them safe and in good condition, LA based startup Clutter has come up with a storing solution. All you need to do is download it on your iPhone for free. Clutter boxes will be delivered to you free. Next you need to do is just pack your things and take a snap with the app so that you know what have been packed, schedule a time and people from Clutter will pick up your boxes and securely store them for you! Our Tech Journalist had a chat with its founder Brian Thomas, and got to know more about Clutter.
SFM: What made you come across the idea of starting up with Clutter?
B.Thomas: Existing self-storage options are a terrible customer experience. They’re inconvenient, frustrating, and result in people letting their extra belongings slowly collect dust. I used self-storage for years because I move fairly often and needed a place for things like my ski equipment, childhood mementos, sports gear, etc. I hated the existing options and wanted a simple and convenient storage solution. Technology has changed the way we hail cabs, book hotels, and make restaurant reservations. Changing the way we store the stuff we care about is next. I wanted a simple storage solution that was easy, convenient, and helped me remember the cool things I had safely locked away—so I started Clutter.
SFM: Why do you think personal storage apps is so necessary today?
B.Thomas: Clutter is the first full service storage app. I think people have been interested because they’re frustrated with self-storage (my early customers have a shared disdain for storage units).Full service storage is definitely still in its infancy. I think people want to be smarter about the items they place into storage and are becoming increasingly comfortable using their mobile phones to manage real-world interactions.
SFM: What are the features that set Clutter apart?
B.Thomas: We worked really hard to make the Clutter app as simple and intuitive as possible. We wanted it to be photo-driven so we made snapping pictures of the items you’re storing a key feature and chose not to allow people to take notes or type an inventory list. A picture is worth a thousand words and we felt seeing the item is the most powerful way to document what you’ve stored.
SFM: How many items and of what kind can fit in a Clutter box atmost?
B.Thomas: Here’s an infographic that will explain you everything!
SFM: Is Clutter only for iPhone users? What do you have in mind for Clutter’s future?
B.Thomas: Clutter will be launching on Android in the fall and will quickly work towards being able to store anything that our customers would otherwise put into self-storage. There is a huge operational component to Clutter so it’s obviously not as easy as buying additional server space. We will be developing the blueprint for expansion over the next 9 months and will be guided by our emphasis on service, trust, and smart storage. We can’t over-expand or we won’t be able to provide the customer service experience that differentiates Clutter.