There are legitimate reasons to have a storage unit, many of which are temporary. As the saying goes, ” Storage units are just a series of delayed decisions.” How do you know when it’s time to face the music and let it go? To help yourself decide, ask these 4 thought-provoking questions.
Am I living my preferred lifestyle?
If you are spending money renting a unit, that’s money that isn’t available for doing things you may really want or need like: Take a vacation, buy a car, buy a house, go to college, start a business, etc. What could you do with an extra $50+ dollars per month? It adds up quickly (just $50 x 12 = $600 / year!). Pouring money into a storage unit you don’t really need is like pouring water through a strainer and expecting it to accumulate. Put your money into something that is going to pay you back tenfold in life experience or financial wealth!
What’s in my storage unit?
Do you even know what’s in there? If you don’t know the answer to this question, you are halfway to your answer. When was the last time you visited the unit and took anything out of it? Is it the dumping ground for decisions you don’t want to make – or make time to make them? Can you find anything in there?
Chances are, if you haven’t accessed it in the past year, much of what is there you can probably live without. Likely you won’t even miss it. And even better, you might be able to sell some things in there to make some cashola for that preferred lifestyle. Alternately, you can gift or donate it to someone who will love it and use it every day…or at least, more often than you are now!
Will I need it someday?
Maybe you are storing items because you feel you might need them someday? Is this something you could borrow or be gifted when the time comes? Thanks to neighborhood lending and gifting communities like Buy Nothing Project and Tool Lending Library, you may very well be able to borrow or be gifted that someday item.
Am I using more space than I need to?
We have become very accustomed to taking up space. Space can be in mind, heart, and the physical. This is not always a productive or healthy state of being. Having a storage unit that needs to be “dealt with” can take up space in the recesses of the mind and heart, which can take a toll on your health and well-being.
A storage unit also takes up physical space. Have you noticed how many storage facilities are everywhere? If we all reduce the need for storage units, those spaces could be used to build homes for homeless families and for families to buy affordably so they can invest in their family generational wealth.
So….are you ready to downsize or ditch your storage unit? If the answer is yes, set yourself a measurable goal. “I will be done by X…then break down the actions to get there into baby steps.
Overwhelmed? Consider engaging someone to help you, whether hired or not. If you would like to engage a professional organizer, we are happy to help you make space for you via your storage unit! To get started, book a complimentary consult here. Whether you ditch your unit or not, engage us or not, we celebrate you every day on your journey of making space for you!