UCLA Anderson MBA Alum Wants to Help De-Clutter Your Life

UCLA Anderson School of Management MBA program grad Brian Thomas was still a student when he raised the money to start his business, Clutter, a self-storage company that offers a mobile app and customized packing and delivery services.

Thomas has described Clutter to be “as convenient as pizza delivery.” Thomas and his partner Ari Mir recently raised $9 million in order to take the company from a local venture to a nationwide business, as noted in a recent Wall Street Journal article.

Clutter is unique when compared to other self-storage companies, in that it sublets space in existing industrial buildings as opposed to building its own spaces. Not only is this a sensible business strategy, but it’s also a sustainable solution in terms of eliminating sprawl and building waste. Another element of Clutter’s business model that differentiates it from similar services is the offering of an online visual inventory of one’s items, which promotes ease of retrieval should one decide to have an item delivered.

Thomas noted, “I wanted a visual inventory of everything I had in storage and an easy way to have my things delivered to me…I want to help people be smarter about storage by making it easy to access and enjoy their things.”

Clutter recently offered a special to UCLA students and plans to do so again as it expands into a larger nationwide area. The company offers plans for as low as $7.00 a month for a small number of items and $175 per month for a garage sized space.


About the Author

Maggie Boccella

Maggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city's annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.

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