*Written by Guest Blogger Brian Barwig
Throughout the years, people tend to accumulate a lot of possessions. If you are in a relationship, are married or even divorced, you probably have more stuff than a single person. If you live in a house you probably have more stuff than the average person looking to rent an apartment. The accumulation of more and more belongings happens slowly over a long period of time. Bedrooms, closets, garages and spare rooms can quickly become overrun with personal possessions. If you have ever moved after living in a place for a long time you understand and most likely each time you move you have to rent a bigger moving truck and find a bigger home.
One issue you will most likely run into is the fact you have to sort through all of your items and get rid of some of your possessions. Though stressful and not an easy task, be patient, stay committed and you will get through it. If after sorting through all of your stuff you find you still have too many possessions to fit in your space, self storage is a viable option. Below are some suggestions to consider before rushing out to rent a self storage unit.
- The garage is for your cars and tools
We know how it goes. You have extra wood and paint left over from the “honey do” list and put them in the garage. A few weekends later and its more of the same until your garage is overrun with things other than your cars and lawnmower. Furniture, appliances, electronics, extra parts, etc should be sold, donated or thrown away. Your garage should be for your cars and lawn tools. To make room for other small items you can build shelves in the garage and hang hooks which will maximize the space you have.
- Keep clothes in your closet
Why do people try to fill closets with as much stuff as possible, filling them so they can't shut? Do you really need all that stuff? Not only is most of the extra stuff taking up a lot of closet space but it is difficult to organize. Anything that is not clothes, shoes or blankets should be removed from the closet. Again, you can build shelves or put up rods to maximize your closet space.
- Spare rooms are for guests
Similar to closets, spare rooms should not be full of junk. Spare rooms can be used as a home office or extra bedroom but should not be used as an extra storage unit. Take time cleaning your possessions while selling or throwing away anything which hasn’t been used in a year. Purchase the large, see-through storage bins to effectively organize other things you wish to save.
Reorganizing your garage and closets can be a difficult, stressful task. Some items may be of importance to you while others can simply be thrown away. If you have belongings you can't throw away but are too big to store in your home, you should consider renting a self storage unit.