10 Alternatives To Paying For A Storage Unit

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Does it ever seem like you have too much stuff and no room to store it? When that happens, buying or renting a storage unit might seem like your only option. However, paying for a storage unit can be expensive and is often a waste of money. It might also be a waste of money considering there are plenty of other alternatives for storing your items.

Utilize Your Current Space

Before paying for a storage unit, consider the available space in your house or apartment. Can you fit something on top of a cabinet? What about under a bed or table? Try and find free space where you can store your things. You’d be surprised by how many available spaces you probably have in your home.

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5 Responses to 10 Alternatives To Paying For A Storage Unit

  1. This is a great list! I often find ways to consolidate items to be stored. Pinterest has a lot of good tips for organizing. Getting rid of things you haven’t used in the past year often helps with the problem of too much stuff! Sell or give items away. You can sometimes get a tax write-off for donations to charities. So instead of paying storage fees, you can collect some money–all the while helping others. That’s a pretty good deal.

  2. jay says:

    Thought I’d add a warning regarding lending/storing with a friend: we stored a couch and a case of wine with my in-laws. The wine was “stolen” and the couch became a permanent fixture in their family room. Hard to argue with your in-laws. Was a bit annoying to visit on holidays, and see *our* couch being so well used… SIGH

    So, if you store/lend get something in writing regarding what and how long they’ll hang on to it. Otherwise, even if it doesn’t become part of their household, it can be sold as abandoned property within a relatively short period of time.

  3. Tony says:

    Of course, there are situations where storage is needed, but most of the time, it is just a waste caused by people trying to hand on to too much. Look at it this way. Are you really going to use that stuff you have in storage? Even if you do, is it worth the expense?

    Nowadays, you can just sell all that off. Even if you have to repurchase again someday, when it is all said and done, you will almost certainly have spent less when you consider what you got for selling and what you saved not paying for storage, moving things etc.

    What you own ends up owning you. If you cannot fit it into your home, you probably have too much and it is just weighing you down!

  4. connie says:

    We have storage because our house burned up and are in a trailer til we find a house and what we did salvage we did not have room for it all so storage we got. I do think the cost of these units are way over priced but not alot of other choices in my case.

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