Everyone is different, and some people like to retain old possessions while others like to take a more minimalistic approach. It can be difficult to decide what to keep and what to toss, and no matter how mindful you are, stuff can accumulate over time. Below are five questions to ask yourself when putting your belongings into a storage unit.
- Do I actually use it? If you haven't used a particular item in six months or more, it can probably go into storage without creating too much of a hardship. Even if you prefer a clutter-free home, some items have sentimental value. Use the six-month rule to sort your belongings when you're renting a storage unit, and you'll save money while still keeping things you love.
- Can I use it for multiple purposes? Some people are very minimalistic, and they know how to make do with less. To do that successfully, you need to keep things that fulfill more than one purpose. For instance, you can store your teakettle because it's just as simple to boil water in a saucepan. If an item passes your six-month test but it only serves one purpose, consider putting it into storage for later use.
- Do I actually like the item? This rule may seem obvious to some, but it's one of the most critical criteria by which you'll judge your possessions. There's really no point in holding onto something if you don't like it!
- Will I EVER finish this project? If you're like many people, you are excited to start projects but you may not have much follow-through, and a periodic assessment may be necessary. Every time you go through your belongings, you may find a half-finished project or two. This step serves two purposes: It motivates you to get rid of clutter in your home, and it encourages you to finish what you started.
- What's it worth? Too many people make the mistake of holding onto belongings because a high initial investment makes them reluctant to let the item go. If a piece doesn't hold much immediate value in your life, it isn't worth keeping, no matter how much you paid for it.
People are unique, and so are their reasons for renting storage units. If you need more space for your stuff, rent a storage unit after you've answered the questions above. You'll keep only what you love—and you'll love what you keep. Contact a local facility, such as Epic Group Inc, to find a storage unit to meet your needs.