When I first moved home many years ago, the thought of self-storage never even entered my head. Instead, I just packed everything I owned into boxes and took it all with me. Back then, I had no idea that you should at least try and get rid of some of the clutter you’ve accumulated over the years. Nor did I realise that you could actually make a bit of money from items you don’t use anymore (car boot sales are a fantastic invention).
However, these days it’s really easy to make a couple of phone calls or look on the internet for a self-storage unit and get this, they don’t have to cost much either! Now, I know what you’re thinking. At last, I won’t have to go through all my “stuff” and make the terrible decision over whether or not to throw something out.
Self-Storage is Not for Clutter
It’s an odd word “clutter”. We all seem to have different ideas on what this is. After all, the famous saying is “one mans rubbish is another mans treasure”. However, when you’re looking into self-storage you may be fooled into thinking that just because you have a tad too much to store in one size of unit, you automatically have to go the next size up which can leave you with too much space. This is the perfect opportunity to hang on to that blender that hasn’t worked in years but, you just don’t seem to be able to part with because it was a wedding gift.
These days, you can rent storage by the box instead of the unit. This means you only pay for the space you take-up. So, sorry, guys and gals but, this isn’t the answer to your “should I throw it away or not” troubles.
Use this Service Wisely
Of course, it goes without saying that you’ll have to pay for the space you use and this is why you should think carefully about when you should use a service like this. Some of the perfect reasons for doing so are:
When you’re moving but won’t be able to take your things with you right away.
You’re taking a trip abroad and you’re renting your own property out.
You’re downsizing and certain items won’t fit into your new home – This one is slightly ambiguous because it could be seen as hoarding. However, if you have valuable items that can be sold some-time in the future, it’s worth thinking about storing them until you can.
We all have things that are precious to us but when you’re moving home and are thinking about using a self-storage facility, be careful about what you store. It could be money down the drain.
Author: Julie Coburn