If you're enticed by the idea of renting a storage unit for your possessions but are on a tight budget and are concerned about paying one more monthly bill, don't give up hope. The simplest way to keep your storage bills as low as possible is to rent the smallest storage unit possible -- and the best way to fit all your things into this small space is to avoid storing items that there's no sense in keeping. Don't make the mistake of knowing that you should get rid of some of your items but procrastinating. Once everything is packed into your unit, the last thing you'll want to do is sort through things and reduce the overall volume. It's best to do this work in advance. Here's how.
Use The 10-10-10 Method
An ideal way to declutter your possessions before you begin the process of moving them to your storage unit is to follow the 10-10-10 rule. Take a look at the things that you wish to store and find 10 things that you can throw out, 10 things that you can donate to a local charity and 10 things that you can give away or loan to friends or family members. While it's admittedly never easy to get rid of what you own, this fun approach can make this process rewarding -- while throwing out things might make you feel a little sad, the idea of donating and giving things away can boost your mood. By using this method on what you plan to store in your unit, you'll be able to drastically cut down on the volume.
Flip Your Hangers
Many people opt to store clothing that holds sentimental value, but the reality is that clothing can quickly increase the overall volume of what you plan to store and prevent you from renting a small unit. Take stock of your clothing situation by turning each clothing item's hanger backward after you wear the article of clothing. Over the coming weeks or months, one quick look in your closet will reveal the clothing you frequently wear and the items that never leave the closet. You'll then know that it's time to part with these items to reduce your storage volume.
Sell Iffy Items
As you go through your home and compile the items you plan to store, make a separate pile of the things that you might not wish to keep. It's easy to remain on the fence about such things, but it can be helpful to take pictures of each of the items and post them on your social media account. Have your friends bid on any items they desire by posting their ideal purchase price. At the end of a designated period, you can sell the items to the highest bidder. You won't have to store them and you'll have some money to use toward your storage fees.
If you are getting ready to move and you've lived in your home for quite a while, you can quickly get overwhelmed with the amount of stuff that you have to move. If you have advance notice of the move, you can start clearing the house out slowly. When I was packing up our home of nearly twenty years, I knew that I was in for a lot of work. I decided to start 6 months before we moved and slowly began clearing the house out and putting what I wanted to keep for the new home in storage. Use what I have included here on my blog to get through this difficult time a little easier.