Storage units are great for so many different reasons. They provide additional space for items you want to keep, yet don’t necessarily have room for in your living space. They allow you to be more organized by eliminating items you don’t use on a daily basis from your immediate reach. They remove the pressure of needing to get rid of important or sentimental things simply because you’re out of room.
However, it can still be difficult to determine what exactly should go in your storage unit. You know that putting the item in storage simply means it will “live” somewhere else for a while — but you can start to feel confused over what should stay and what should go. Ask yourselves these questions to make the whole process easier!
1. How often do I utilize this item?
I don’t recommend putting something you might need immediately in case of an emergency in your storage unit. It’s not the greatest place to keep your household fire extinguisher, for example. But, it can be the perfect place to store items that you don’t need to access that frequently. That vintage desk that you eventually want to restore, but haven’t gotten around to yet? Or, your dad’s old guitar that you don’t actually know how to play? Those are a great fit for your storage unit! Your prescriptions and your toothbrush? Not so much.
2. If I do need to use this item, how quickly will I need to retrieve it?
Determining how often you need to access an item is key for figuring out if it belongs in storage. But, when doing this, you should also think about how quickly you’ll need to be able to retrieve said item. Perhaps you don’t need to utilize those spare car parts on a daily — or even monthly — basis. But, when you do need them, you’ll probably want them immediately. Items that you might need on a moment’s notice are usually better stored in your own garage or basement.
3. Am I incredibly attached to this item?
It’s important to keep in mind that, while most storage units boast a myriad of security features, it’s probably still not as safe as having it within your immediate reach. Storage units can not only fall victim to thefts, but also less than desirable weather conditions. So, ask yourself how attached to a particular item you are. If it’s your great grandmother’s jewelry collection or the stuffed animal you’ve had since you were a baby, it’s probably better off being stored in your home.
4. Do I even want to keep this item?
It can be incredibly tempting to use your storage unit as a dumping ground for items that you don’t necessarily need or want, but don’t quite have the heart to get rid of. Always keep in mind that your storage unit isn’t an oversized trash can, and you don’t want to keep things just for the sake of keeping them. Seriously consider how much you value an item before placing it in storage. If it’s something that you could easily live without, toss it or donate it. It’s not worth taking up precious storage real estate!
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