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At CMFTO we feel strongly that storage is not a solution to clutter management. This week in Declutter Made Easy™ we’re addressing the instances in which storage is and isn’t appropriate.
To begin, off-site storage is a great solution in three scenarios:
For everything else, off-site storage is not the best solution. Here’s why:
The storage industry generates approximately $38 Billion in revenue annually. In order to do this, they are banking on most owners forgetting about their off-site storage for months and then years, as rental rates are often increased several times throughout the year.
Statistically, if something stays in storage for more than 12 months, most owners forget about it. Have you seen the TV show ‘Storage Wars?’ This is where they make their income: from forgotten storage units filled with Great Aunt Sally’s living room set.
Most people see off-site storage as a solution, because it allows them to defer the decision-making process on what to keep, donate, discard, or share. We know sorting through our belongings (or our relative’s belongings) can be an emotional and time-consuming process. But the process doesn’t change whether it’s today or two years from now.
So, if you’re considering storing something off-site, it would be helpful for you to ask yourself these questions:
If, after answering these questions, you feel that off-site storage is the best solution for you, then it’s important to make a promise to yourself that you will revisit your decision in six months, otherwise, you’re committing to holding on to things and draining your bank account, indefinitely.
Alternatively, if the process of sorting simply feels too overwhelming to deal with, hire somebody to help you. At CMFTO, we help individuals every day that are making decisions between keeping or letting go of items. We love what we do because we help people minimize the time spent on this decision-making process.
All my best,