You’re packing up and changing addresses, which is an exciting time. Unfortunately, it can also be a frustrating time, because what on earth are you going to do with all that stuff in your house? How did half the stuff in your house even get there?
You certainly don’t remember buying a baby grand piano, or eighteen hot pink lawn flamingos. Some of the stuff you can give away or donate, but other stuff seems too valuable. Or maybe it’s emotionally valuable and you aren’t ready to give it up yet.
However, if your new space is a bit smaller than the old one, or even if you’re just trying to declutter a little bit, you may not want to take everything from your old residence to your new one. Luckily, you have another option: renting a storage unit.
Storage units were designed for situations just like yours. As a society, Americans are quite good at collecting loads of stuff, even if we’re not always so good at figuring out what we should do with it. Storage units let you pay a monthly fee for a certain amount of space. You may need a little bit, or you may need a lot, but as long as you make your payments, the space is yours.
You can put anything you want in it within reason (no bodies, please, because if you’re storing bodies, then you’ve got much bigger problems than a lack of space). All those winter clothes you won’t need now that you’re moving to a warmer climate? Throw them in the storage unit.
The stuffed animal named Muffin you’ve had since you were a toddler? Throw him in the storage unit; he’ll be safe there until you’re ready to have children of your own. What about the fancy china you got for your wedding, and the antique china cabinet you got in the divorce five years later? Into the storage unit it goes.
If you have some emotionally fraught items that bring back memories you can’t quite deal with right now, a storage unit is a great place to put them until you’re ready to handle all the nostalgia that comes rushing back whenever you see those things. They’re great for when you want to make a fresh start but don’t want to burn memories of the past (which can be dangerous, as those sort of memory-cleansing fires never work as well in real life as they do in the movies).
Whether you’re moving eight miles across town or eighteen hundred miles across the country, you can rest easy knowing that all those things you can’t put in your new house will be safe and secure elsewhere. You should be focused on the future right now (and speaking of which, if you don’t already have life insurance, now’s a great time to visit a site like Our Life Covered and find a policy).
The past will be there when you’re ready. Right now, you have neither the physical space nor the emotional space to deal with all of that, and that’s OK.