If I’m in a storage unit, it’s usually to help a client move out of it. Sometimes they don’t even remember what’s in there, and they’re horrified to realize how much money they’ve paid all these months and years to store things they don’t even want anymore!
There are a few situations, though, where a storage unit is the perfect solution. This time I not only recommended it, but I helped my client rent the unit and move into it!
My client has just moved, to a temporary home in another state. She doesn’t know where she’ll end up, or when, and she doesn’t have that much stuff. The space we rented is only 50 s.f. Before she left we packed up some of her things and took them to the storage unit. She packed her car with what she needed for the time being, and left the rest for me to organize, pack, and store for her.
The first thing we did was to install shelving. This protects her stuff from the weight of her other stuff, and makes everything more accessible. Accessibility is less important in a situation where you know exactly when you’re moving in to a new home, and everything is being moved at that time. But we don’t really know how long it will be for her, or what she’ll need between now and the time she moves it all to a more permanent home. (And if I’m going to be the one to fetch it for her, I don’t want to be moving boxes to get access to other boxes!) In this case we used a couple of plastic shelving units she already had, so it wasn’t hard to convince her to use them.
Much of my advice for packing for storage is the same for organizing to de-stress a move, such as:
- Don’t pack things you don’t want, and then pay to store (or move) them!
- Pack pure (not mixed) categories in boxes & label them.
- Create a box inventory and take photos to remind you of what’s in them.
- Don’t stack your boxes, use shelving!
For more tips, see Who’s Afraid of their Storage Unit?
What about you? Do you have a storage unit? What are your circumstances? Are the things you are storing there still important to you? (Do you remember what’s in those boxes?) Are they worth what you’ve been paying over time?
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And…if you need help storing, or un-storing your stuff, don’t hesitate to give me, or a NAPO organizer near you, a call!
Update: This blog post was written in 2017. Within 6 months my client had settled in another state and vacated this storage unit. Good for her!
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