Avoid Making Your Storage Unit a Permanent Home for Belongings

7 March 2015 by

Having a storage unit is a great way to make more space in your home and safely stow the belongings that don’t necessarily need to be out in the open on a day to day basis.

There is a caveat to having this offsite area for your items though.

“When you rented the space you probably intended to have a clear start and end date for storing your belongings, but for many people temporary storage can become permanent. Why not make a trip to the unit and investigate its deep, dark hidden spaces,” says Nancy Peham of Helping Hands Personal Services.

There’s nothing wrong with using a storage unit as long-term solution for clutter, but you also don’t want to waste the money on having a secured dumping ground for your possessions.

“It’s probably a good idea to visit at least once a year just to remind yourself what you have there and determine next steps,” adds Peham.

As spring cleaning season approaches, now is a great time to plan a trip to your storage facility for a little revamping and reconsideration.

Take Stock

Before you make any decisions about how you’re storing and why, you need to familiarize yourself once again with what you’re storing.

Thoroughly examine what is being kept in your unit and decide if it is still an item worth keeping and attempt to determine why you are keeping it. Anything being stored should have a future purpose. Whether you plan to hang on to an antique until you can pass it on to your children or you’ve been reserving a piece of furniture until you purchased a larger home, all items that are tucked away should eventually become useful to you or someone else in the future.

Reassess Value

If you have been stowing an item for a long time, you may find there is more to love about that particular piece than you originally thought.

Go into your storage unit with a fresh pair of eyes and consider ways you can repurpose the pieces that have been stuffed away for far too long.

Pinterest can be a great place to get ideas for reusing old furniture and outdated clothes.

An old crib can become a new bench and vintage clothes can become trendsetting new looks.

You may always need a storage unit for keeping seasonal belongings and stowing hand me downs, but your trinkets shouldn’t live in the unit permanently. You should be able to define why you are keeping something and you may even be able to find a new way to incorporate it back in your home.