When we are young we want to own everything. If we see a toy, we want it. If our neighbor has a toy, we want it. If we see a commercial for something cool, we want it. And we enjoy things when we get them, for a moment or two. Then we forget about them, and they turn into clutter. We go about the rest of our lives and clutter just keeps building up. It seems inescapable. It is time to turn the book on clutter, and cut down on it once and for all.
Memorabilia often makes up a large percentage of the clutter that starts following us around throughout our lives. Memorabilia may include crafts made when we were children, photos of early birthday parties, gifts given to us by a wacky aunt, stuffed animals, sea shells, old toys, the list goes on. What all of these items have in common, is that they are now useless, but we keep them around anyway. Why do we do this? Because we have emotional attachments to things. One of the best ways to start decluttering your life, is to move memorabilia to storage, where it can stay safe, but you don’t have to see it.
The Infrequently Used
We all have items like this around our home. Things we only use once or twice a year. Declutter your home by putting seldom used items in storage. If you own several boxes of camping gear, but only make it out a couple of times a year, why not place them in storage? Seasonal items like snowboards and skis are excellent candidates for storage as well. You only need access to them for a few months out of the year. For the other months, keep them somewhere they will be safe, but out of site. Holiday decorations are only used for a few days. When it isn’t holiday time, keep them in a convenient self-storage unit.
There are a lot of benefits to using a self-storage facility. You get to rent your own little space, you are given free access to it, and you can choose what to store, and how to store it. Self-storage units make great places to store seasonal items, which would otherwise clutter your home.
Phoenicians are actually extremely fond of participating in winter activities. Snowboarding, skiing, sledding, and ice skating are all popular activities. All these activities also have something in common, they all require equipment. Some of them require big bulky equipment! In a packed family home, it can be tricky find place to store large items like snowboards, sleds, skis, and ski poles. If you have a storage unit, that is a perfect place to keep such items.
If you are going up to the mountains to go snowboarding, you are going to want to bundle up in warm winter clothing! Those are also bulky items, which make perfect candidates for seasonal storage. Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of the most important holidays of the year. They also involve a lot of decorations. Wreaths, Christmas trees, ornaments, thanksgiving decorations can all be kept in a storage unit for 10 months out of the year.
Summer is time for fun in the sun. Unfortunately, here in the desert, that sun is extremely hot. Phoenicians love to take to the water come summertime. Visiting the lake is a popular activity. If families own jet-skis, water inflatables, or other summer recreation gear, they can keep it in storage during the winter months, only to take it out when the days start heating up.
The best part about using a self-storage unit for seasonal storage, is that you can rotate what you store based on the time of year!
We here at Allstate Self Storage know how difficult it can be to say goodbye, not just to people, but to things. And not just big, important things, but everything! “We do not know if people store their lava lamps because parting with them is such sweet sorrow. But we do know they store them because they like them and that they like them because they’re theirs,” said a researcher with the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
The previously mentioned researcher stated that their study showed the reason people often hang on to the things they hang on to is simple: it’s because it is theirs! They own it, and they never want to not own it. They identify with it. It is part of them. This can be a difficult feeling to get over. Confronting it is one of the first steps an owner need to take if they are ever going to say goodbye.
Deciding what to let go
Sometimes the moment will come when you have to say goodbye. Perhaps it is moving time, and you are going to be forced to downsize. Perhaps getting rid of a piece of furniture or two will help you fit your belongings into a 5×5 storage locker, rather than 5×10. The savings from month to month could really add up! This is when you have to identify the essentials. You need a bed, a dresser, perhaps some kitchen utensils. When it comes down to it that may be all! You should hang onto some sentimental items as well.
You can take a moment here. We know your old transformers toys or cabbage patch kids mean a lot to you. Remember, when you love something ( or someone ) they will always stay with you in your heart.
America has fallen in love with storage. Deeply in love. No other country in the world has as many storage facilities. No other country in the world dedicates as many endless square feet to the task of inertly sitting there. We believe that this love affair is deeply justified, and well deserved.
We Love what we Love
They say love is the most powerful force in the world. Love plays a strong role in the world of storage. In fact, love may be driving the entire industry! Psychologist James Oliver commented on why we store the things we love, “We feel it might come in handy one day. It feels like a little part of yourself, even though it is just a thing. You wouldn’t want to throw away part of yourself, would you?” Americans have trouble have trouble saying good bye to things, but we think that is okay! We will store your loved pieces of furniture for you!
What are we storing?
Well, Americans will store basically anything, however, the #1 stored item held in facilities across the nation was furniture. It makes sense. Furniture is large, and difficult to store at home. An extra bed or dresser isn’t going to fit in the closet, so what else is a homeowner to do? They aren’t going to throw it away! They put it in storage.
Who is storing?
There is no average storage locker owner. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and demographics. 68% of self-storage owners live in single-family homes. As their family grows, so too does their accumulation of possession. Often, storage is an easier and cheaper alternative to moving! Speaking of moving, 31% of renters retain their storage units for less than 6 months. This implies that a good deal of renters are on the move. They need a place to keep their valuables as the move from city to city, state to state, or even just apartment to apartment.
The world is a rich mosaic, full of a bounty of unique, individual, and interesting cities. Every city has its own personal little quirks. Cultures change over time, and adapt. The cities housing these cultures change and adapt with them. Food, style, and entertainment are approached differently across the globe. So to, in fact, is storage.
The City of Phoenix, Arizona is a large, sprawling city which covers an extremely large amount of land. The population density in Arizona is relatively small. Residents of Arizona don’t need to worry about being packed like sardines into a can, like the residents of, say, New York. Because of this, Arizonians have plenty of room to store things. The evidence is all around us, in the wealth of storage facilities we drive by on any given day. Phoenicians can and will store anything they can get their hands on. The entire contents of a 4 bedroom home? Stored. Farming Equipment? Stored. There is room aplenty for all.
Hong Kong is the most densely packed city in the entire world. Hong Kong houses well over 7 million individuals in an area smaller than New York City. Predictably, this mean that there isn’t any extra space anywhere. Apartments are diminutive, and houses nearly nonexistent. Prices are beyond unaffordable. Hong Kong is a city where no one stores anything. Ever. There just simply isn’t the space. What space little space might accidently be left free is much, much too valuable to use for storage.
After hearing about Hong Kong, readers may assume that the residents the great New York City would be facing similar hardships. New York is no Arizona, but its citizens have it much better off than those poor souls living in Hong Kong. New York is well supplied with storage facilities. The rates for these facilities are nowhere near as affordable as those in The Valley of the Sun. If you are choosing to store something in New York City, it had better be worth it!
Downsizing is becoming an increasingly popular trend among American families. Parents send their kids off into the real world, then look at their large, now mostly empty houses, and decided that it may be time for something smaller. This comes with its own unique problems. When you move from a two-story, 5 bedroom home, to a 3 bedroom, single-story, mid-century marvel, you are going to have to do something with what is now an excess of belongings.
Sorting and Assessing
When it is time to downsize, you are going to have to make some tough decisions. Not every items in your current home is going to make it into your new, cozier abode. The specifics are largely going to be decided for you. You only need to bring as many beds as you have bedroom, only as many shower curtains as you have showers. Identify your highest quality pieces, and those that you have sentimental ties to. Those are all going to be automatically placed in the “keep” pile. As for everything else, it may be time to start discarding excess belongings.
Profiting from Disposal
You may be losing a few pieces of furniture, but this could be a good opportunity to gain something else quite valuable – cold hard cash. Throw a garage sale, or post your items on websites like Craigslist, or apps like OfferUp. These provide you with easy to use methods for profiting off of your unneeded dressers, beds, couches, and desks.
If you have attempted to sell your furniture, but you still have a few items left, it may be time to think about donation. Donating items to organizations like Goodwill can give you the peace of mind of knowing you have done a good deed. A family less well off than yours will rejoice at the opportunity to bring a new couch into their home. It will also give you a well-deserved tax write off!
So you have decided to embrace the convenience of self-storage, have you? Well, that was a smart idea! Storage units are widely accessible, and provide unsurpassed security and reliability. They can help you reduce the clutter in your home, find a safe place to store valuables, and bring some organization to your otherwise hectic and cluttered life.
Choosing the Proper Size
Picking the right sized unit is the best way to maximize the value of your storage unit. You want to make use of ever little square inch, while making sure you do not run out of space. It is also important not to forget to account for the logistics of packing and unpacking the unit. 5×5 units are the smallest offered by Allstate Self Storage. These walk-in closet sized storage lockers are perfect for the storage of boxed items or seasonal supplies. Small furniture items can fit, but it might be tight! Small and medium units are designed for the storage of bedrooms and family rooms. If you are looking to store the contents of multiple rooms, or even an entire house, it may be best to look at the large, huge, and gigantic units.
Now that you have picked out your storage units it is time to start thinking about location. Do you want a storage facility that is near your house? Perhaps you would like one closer to a potential moving destination. Once you have picked your facility you need to pick out the right unit. Do you need drive-up access? Does it matter if your unit is indoors or outdoors? Are you going to need help moving all of your items? After you have answered all of these questions you will be ready to pick out the perfect storage unit to fit your needs!
Graduation is one of the most momentous occasions in a young individual’s life. It doesn’t, however, always generate as much momentum as a graduate, or perhaps their parents, may like. The goal for graduates it so take that massive leap from adolescences to adulthood. Some, require and extra stepping stone or two along the way – perhaps with a brief stop and Mom and Dad’s house.
A college graduate who must spend a brief, dignified, period of time at Mom and Dad’s house will probably face some forced downsizing of their pile of personal belongings. The last thing parents want has already happened; the second to last thing they want is seeing their home fill with 22 year-old would-be adult’s collection of vinyl records. This is when the graduate is going to have to make some hard decisions. What are the essentials for everyday life? Clothing, toiletries… that may be it. Parents may be open to negotiating the use of more space, but boarders should remember, negotiation required a position of power, it may be best to exhibit caution.
Posters, beanbag chair, mini-fridge, wall mounted pull-up bar, electric guitar, oversized amp, none of these items made the cut. The student isn’t going to want to say good-by to their valuables, so they are going to have to find a place to put them. Time to turn to Allstate Self Storage. Allstate has a wide range of storage locker sizes to fill any storage need. A 5×5 unit might be suitable if the graduate just needs to store odds and ends, or a 5×10 might be better if they have an entire bedroom’s worth of furniture to store. Rental rates for self-storage are very reasonable, and no long-term contracts are necessary. Your graduate is sure to find a job quickly. They are going to want the freedom to take their belongings out of storage and move them into their very own apartment as soon as possible!
High tech modern storage facilities like those operated by Allstate Self Storage are relatively modern luxuries. America is a mobile society, and people frequently need a safe space to store their valuables. Even permanent residence have storage needs. So ancient people manage to store and preserve valuable before esteemed companies like Allstate Self Storage took care of their needs for them?
Water has historically been one of the most valuable resources on Earth. It is essential for the maintenance of life. Many desert cultures were largely reliant on rain to give them their water. If several months passed without rain, they would be facing a major catastrophe. To prepare for this eventuality they invented ingenious ways to store water. Some cultures or peoples discovered ways to weave textiles and naturally occurring material to make water proof containers. Others would dig out large cisterns to store water, however these bodies of water were susceptible to evaporation.
We have valuables like antiques and baseball cards. Ancient people had food, and it was more important to them then the physical possession we hold onto today. One of the major problems for storing food was making sure it would not go bad. The Ancient Chinese invented drying sheds for just this reason. These small facilities would be nearly air tight, and they would be filled with salted meats and fish. Underground storage have been popular throughout recorded history. People quickly realized that the still air, and protective walls of an underground storage location were ideal for the safe keeping of food stuffs.
Modern storage is less about the daily essentials. It focuses on more permanent valuables.
Renters are free to store whatever their heart desires inside their storage units, as long as those items at not illegal or dangerous. Not everyone keeps these limitations in mind. When payment on a storage unit defaults, it is time to crack open that storage unit, clear it out, and open it up to a new renter. Usually storage units contain some of the most mundane, uninteresting items imaginable, however, occasionally their contents can be quite shocking or even extremely valuable!
Mark Balelo didn’t expect to hit the jackpot when he purchase the contents of this San Fernando Valley storage locker in 2011. As he started going through the locker’s unorganized contents he made an incredible discovery. He held in his hands a mint condition copy of Action Comics No.1, which depicted the first appearance of Superman. Unfortunately for Mr. Balelo, his ticket for riches was later confiscated, as it was found to have been stolen from the home of actor Nicolas Cage in 2000. This rare comic book had been valued at an incredible $1 million.
A Grim Discovery
Not all abandoned storage lockers contain such unexpected riches. A Tampa Bay family decided that the best storage location for the body of their deceased 95 year-old grandmother was, in fact, a storage unit. Ann Bunch may have died in a nursing home, but her finally resting place was the inside of a rather dismal self-storage unit. A family member commented on the incident “Bobbie had trouble facing the fact that her mother was gone, she just couldn’t part with her.” Sometimes saying good-by is truly the hardest part.