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Money Leaks: Unnecessary Storage
Posted By Jim On 10/06/2011 @ 7:36 am In Personal Finance | 6 Comments
We all know that clutter can be a pain, but can it really cost you a lot of money?
Apparently yes  – especially if your clutter is put into storage for eight years!
While I can understand the author’s position (she was living in a one-bedroom flat on the Upper West Side of Manhattan), I know there are plenty of people who have storage units and are also living in single family homes. The reason is because storage is, on a monthly basis, somewhat cheap and it’s cheaper than deciding what you want to do with all your extra “stuff.” While I’ve never rented a storage unit, I’ve gone to storage unit auctions  to see what they were about. Despite what those reality television shows may show you, most storage units are filled with other people’s junk. Junk that is being stored at $30, $50, and $100 a month.
For example, in my office I’ll just look in the bookcase and pick out a few books. I’ll decide whether I want to sell it, donate it, or trash it (usually sell or donate, there’s no reason to throw out a book). While it’s only a couple books a week, about an inch or two of bookcase real estate, it’s enough to keep things in check. I’ll peek into my closet and just take a quick inventory of the stuff inside, from the box of cables to the bag of bubble wrap; just enough so that I don’t fall behind and discover I can’t close my closet one day. It doesn’t have to be an arduous multi-hour task – a little bit each day is enough to chip away at it.
Ultimately, it comes down to deciding what you want to do with it and that’s a hard decision. It is, however, better to decide now than spend a ton on storage.
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