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Wednesday, July 01 2015

What should you do with all the extra stuff in your house that you don’t have room for? A lot of people deal with this by renting a storage unit and just dumping everything there. 

Did you know that the self storage industry has been one of the fastest-growing sectors of the United States commercial real estate industry over the period of the last 40 years? I find that incredible!

Depending on the size of the unit, you can spend anywhere from $100 to $250 per unit per month.  I have known several people who rent more than one unit.  Multiply that by 12 months and you are spending at least $1200 a year to store your "stuff".

Personally, in most instances, I find the decision to rent a storage unit is just a form of procrastination, not a solution.  It is, generally, a way to put off dealing with the inevitable; going through the items and making decisions about keeping, tossing, donating or selling.  

A woman contacted me last month to talk about utilizing my services to help her declutter and organize her apartment.  She was going away on vacation so we scheduled a consultation and first session for this week. When I confirmed the appointment the day before, as I always do, she told me she decided not to follow through.  When I asked why, she told me she decided to just put her stuff in a storage unit.  

But is this really the best solution? 

When you have to rent a separate space outside your home to store all the stuff that you can’t fit inside, this is a "red flag" that you just might have "too much stuff"!  

It’s one thing if the need is temporary (for example, when your house is being renovated, or you are staging your home and moving to another home), or if you truly have no room in your home for seasonal items, but some people rent storage units for years and years in order to hang on to things that are worth less than what’s being spent to store them. Does that make sense?

Wouldn't it be better to sell them, donate them, or just throw them out!

Think about it!  On the off-chance that someday you discover you actually need one of the items you previously discarded, it’ll probably be less expensive to buy a new one than to keep the old one (and all your other junk) in storage for years and years.  

Also, if you have something in storage that really is valuable to you (sentimentally or otherwise), why not honor it in a special place in your home, where it can be appreciated? How can you enjoy that item if it is stored in an outside unit and never seen? If you determine that you don’t have room for it, chances are there’s something else in your home that you could get rid of and never miss.

Always remember - Use the things that you use and enjoy today.  Don't save them for “someday”.  I call that "someday syndrome".   That's when you think you’ll need something that you don’t want or need now.  That can be an expensive decision.

So, to store or not to store - that is the question.  What is your answer?

If you are contemplating renting a storage unit or already have one that you would like to get rid of, contact me.  I can help save you money and honor the items you treasure today!

Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 10:00 am   |  Permalink   |  8 Comments  |  Email
Love that concept of the "someday syndrome!" You make so many valid points in this post. I like to remind folks that depending on the items they want to store in a storage unit, if it's not climate controlled, you could be doing more damage to your possessions.
Posted by Sarah Soboleski on 09/12/2015 - 08:11 AM
Thanks Sarah! Good point to keep in mind. Thanks for your input.
Posted by Audrey on 09/12/2015 - 08:27 AM
Absolutely... and the entry fees for storage units is typically low, so people think it is "no big deal." But fees go up over time and units and you can end up spending thousands of dollars to store items you forget you even own!
Posted by Seana Turner on 09/12/2015 - 09:05 AM
Another thing, most people don't store things in an orderly fashion, so if they do want to retrieve a particular item (assuming they remember they own it), doing so is easier said than done!
Posted by Janet Barclay on 09/12/2015 - 09:22 AM
I have helped people clear out their storage units who had been putting it off for so long, and were so afraid of the memories it might invoke, that by the time I got there and we actually opened the boxes they were like, "I don't even remember this."
Posted by Hazel Thornton on 09/13/2015 - 07:24 PM
These are all examples of what can happen when you decide to rent a storage unit. It would be much easier to just declutter and only keep the items that will fit into your current home.
Posted by Audrey on 09/13/2015 - 08:17 PM
Great post! The arguments are pretty strong. I myself as a personal mover often recommend to my clients to declutter simplify as much as they can. For people who are moving cross-country , storage is a good option, but it's always better to move all your stuff at once and not bother with additional transplantation. Well that's only my point. Greets, Angela from :)
Posted by Angela Miller on 11/12/2015 - 09:14 AM
For more information on this subject, I invite you to listen to my recent podcast - "Are You Self-Storage Savvy?"
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 11/12/2015 - 09:22 AM

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