I have always liked to collect things, and in the past I have always had a storage unit that I could put everything into if it didn’t fit in my house or my space. But now that we are moving, I’m thinking that I need to start learning how to downsize. I don’t want to get rid of my storage rental, but since we will be farther away from it, I will need to go there less. That means that I will need to not collect or purchase as many things, because they won’t be easily put into storage. They will have to stay in the house, and the house that we have will be living in from now on will be a bit smaller than the one we are moving out of. That means that we just simply don’t have enough space and room for all the things that I would normally like to store. Not only am I going to need to go through the whole house and pare down everything that I have already that is in my closets and storage areas in my house. But I am also going to have to go through my storage unit and get rid of some things from there as well. We may end up moving the storage unit to a different company that is located closer to the new home. But we may also just leave it as it is, and use it less often. We can leave the stuff in there that we don’t really get into or use that much, and then from there we can get into it only when we really need the stuff that is stored in there.
I know that in the end I really am going to try to get to a place where I don’t need to have a storage unit because I don’t need to be storing that many things. But for now, I know that I will need to keep it for a bit longer, because with a smaller house and trying to get rid of things already as it is, I just can’t get rid of the whole storage unit either. It is a really good thing that I am able to keep it as long as I need it and am not on a time limited contract. Instead, I just pay by the month and use it as much or as little as I need to. Maybe when we are able to transfer to a storage unit that is closer to where we are going to be living, I will be able to get a smaller unit and now have to feel bad about filling it up. I do need to learn to not keep things around that I’m not going to be needing or using anymore, but in the end there are going to be things that I will need to keep in storage anyway, so maybe it isn’t really reasonable to actually downsize completely. Just enough to be able to move into a smaller place.
I had thought that I would be able to keep most of my possessions in my apartment, as I had a lot of space for myself. I was able to fit a lot of my belongings into the various closets throughout the apartment, and I didn’t have a whole lot of furniture, so I figured that my living space wasn’t going to be too cramped up. In addition to having ample closet space in my apartment, I was also given lots of basement storage in our apartment complex, and I could share the space with the other tenants who lived in the same apartment building. I was under the impression that I would be able to get a lot of storage happening on my end, but I soon found out that all of the other tenants had the same idea! In no time flat, all of our basement storage had been used up, and there was definitely no wiggle room for anyone to put in an extra box or plastic tub filled with clothes. I overheard one of the tenants talking about renting out a storage unit at the nearby self storage facility, and decided to ask him what it was all about.
He said that the self storage facility was extremely easy to use, and it just required a monthly rental fee. He said that their usage ranged from extremely large storage units used to store cars and furniture, to their smaller versions what were equal to that of a standard bedroom. Since both of us only had a few boxes to split between us, we decided that we would split the monthly rent between the two of us, which would save us even more money!
Once we got to the storage rental unit, we found that it was more spacious than we had initially imagined! Everything on the inside was neat and tidy, and we didn’t find any leftover boxes from the previous tenants, so we didn’t have to clean up any extra messes, which we were both appreciative about.
Both of us had loaded up our respective trucks and soon found that we had once again packed way too much stuff to take! Thankfully, the company that owned the storage units also had a shop nearby, and they had all of the goods and supplies that would help us with our storage. We picked up a couple of boxes with markers, so we could specifically label our boxes, and we also decided that some bubble wrap would help us out as well, as both of us packed very delicate dishes. We were both happy that we were not only able to get some extra materials to help us pack our stuff, but we were also very pleased with the space that was offered to us. Now that we don’t have to rely on our apartment complex’s tiny and dingy basement storage, we no longer have to worry too much about owning too many things! Even though the monthly rates on the storage units are very inexpensive, both of us are saving a ton of money by splitting the cost.