Extra Storage Space: Truths About De-Cluttering
It might be time to think about extra storage space! But can I face the truth?
My Yamaha bass guitar sits in a closet in my basement. I haven’t touched it in years, yet there it still sits, telling me that someday I’ll pick it up and all the songs I used to play will come pouring out through the strings. Highly unlikely.
We all have those items. The treadmill. The camping shell we paid a ton for and used once. The sectional sofa that fit wonderfully in our apartment when we were single and now eats the entire square footage of our basement. We know we’re not using them, but we just can’ let go… not yet, at least.
The decision to put unused items into storage is an easy one. We know we need extra storage space, so we rent a storage unit from Zippy Shell and congratulate ourselves that we are finally taking steps to reclaim our space. But that’s where the challenge begins.
A friend recently told me a story about some relatives who had moved overseas. Before moving, they put almost everything they owned into self storage and took only what was absolutely important. When they returned, 8 years later, they realized they could not remember what they had in their extra storage space. Since they didn’t miss it, they covered their eyes and sold it all off. Drastic? Yes. But it illustrates a great point.
Being proactive means deciding to de-clutter your home. Being reactive means deciding what to put into extra storage space. Falling down the rabbit hole of weighing the pros and cons of keeping your items around leads to indecision and ultimately, less space. Look at that item. Have you used it in the last week? Month? Year? No? Get rid of it. Is it swallowing up an entire room? Store it. Is your sister or friend really going to make that special trip to pick up those bins of kids clothing? Don’t look inside. Put them into that extra storage space where they’ll be kept safe!
Remember, limit the questions and react. Items you haven’t used in a while or items that have sentimental value are perfect candidates for storage. If it’s a question of extra storage space, simply remind yourself that the room you gain is more important than the item. Be decisive and know that your things will be safe and secure should you ever need them. Unless, 8 years go by and you decide to sell it all!
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