It’s undeniable that as life goes on, we gather more and more “stuff.” Some of this stuff we use every single day, while other stuff gets forgotten about and tucked away into the back corners of closets or under the basement stairs. When this stuff becomes unbearable to look at, many people decide it’s time to get a storage unit.
When you’ve made the decision to rent a storage unit, the next step is to determine what you’re actually going to store. There are 3 questions you should ask yourself when you’re renting a storage unit that will help you get the most out of the space you’re renting:
- Do I Like It? This is perhaps the most important question to ask yourself about all of the belongings that you have. It might seem obvious, but if you simply don’t like something, it’s time to get rid of it. That old vase from your great-grandmother that doesn’t pair well with any other furniture that you own, or that torn and stained patchwork quilt from your dear Aunt Marge can get tossed while you’re packing things up to go into storage. In some cases, you may want to keep your grandmother’s china set or the throw blanket she made as a child- if that’s true for you, but you have young children or a new pet who might destroy said belongings, keeping them in storage until the kids or pets have grown is ideal. Be sure to store them safely so that they don’t become tarnished during their time in your unit.
- Do I Use It? If you’re going through your home and find something that you never use, or no longer have a use for, it shouldn’t take up valuable space in your storage unit. The items that you’re putting into storage should be of use to you at some point, whether you’re storing furniture until you move into a bigger home, or keeping the set of bunk beds you have for when your children have children. Consider how often you use items that are around your home as well – for example, storage units are great for storing seasonal items that aren’t used very often around your house. Keep holiday decor tucked away in a storage unit and take it out during those specific times of year. You’ll avoid cluttering your garage or attic space, as well as the headache that comes with digging these items out every year.
- Does The Item Have Value? Many people own antiques or valuable possessions that are worth a significant amount of money. If you own items such as these but don’t have enough room in your current living space to store them, renting a storage unit is a great option. It’s important to take extra care when storing these items so they do not become tarnished or lose monetary value. Keeping these items in storage allow more space in your home for practical items that you use every day.
Renting a storage unit can free up some much-needed space in your home. Before you crowd your storage unit with items that once crowded your basement, consider what you have, if you really need it, and if you are ever going to use it. This will ensure you get the most out of the space in your storage unit, and help keep your home clutter free!