To Store or Not to Store?

By Storbox Self-Storage on December 19, 2011 - Comments off

storage boxMaking the decision to place some of your belongings into self-storage is not an easy one, but can ultimately help you clear up space in your home and even simplify your life. That decision is only the first obstacle, however. Now you need to evaluate almost everything you own to answer the important question, to store, or not to store?

Trying to figure out what should go into storage and what shouldn’t is not necessarily an easy process. Your wedding dress or wedding tux from 15 years ago is an easy one to figure out, but what about that coat that you haven’t worn in a few years but always plan to? Or the comfortable armchair that’s so great to relax in but just doesn’t really fit? Or even the fine china and glassware that you’ve been planning to use for that special occasion that hasn’t arrived yet? The fear is that once it is stored, that’s when you’ll need it, but feeding into that fear is pointless, especially if the self-storage facility you choose is nearby and has convenient access hours. If you’re committed to storing some of your possessions, ask yourself the following questions for each item, to determine if it should stay or go:

  1. When is the last time I wore/used this? If your answer is in “years,” move on to the next question. If your answer is less than one year, it’s worth hanging onto a little while longer to figure it out.
  2. Do I have the space for it at home? Even if you have not worn or used an item for a long time, if you have the space to keep it at home, keep it at home. If you do not have the space, regardless of how long you haven’t used it, then it should be moved into storage, without question. If you have the space, but are still debating whether it should be moved into storage, ask yourself the next question.
  3. What is the likelihood that I will ever wear/use this? If the likelihood is high (and you have the space), keep it. If the likelihood is low or non-existent, move it into storage.

Once you have decided what you want stored, it’s time to find a suitable self-storage space. If you live in the San Gabriel Valley, look no further than STORBOX self-storage in Pasadena. We have a wide variety of storage unit sizes and a wide range of features available to fit your specific needs. To find out more, call our professional and friendly staff at (626) 793-9888 today.

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