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Do You Really Need a Storage Unit?

Filer Man Moving Boxes into a Storage UnitIf your stuff appears to be overflowing from your Filer rental home, you may be questioning yourself if you need to rent a storage unit. Yet, before you sign a contract, it is important to take into account your circumstances prudently. Is a storage unit really needed? Or are there any other options to manage your belongings? To assist you with answering this issue, let’s get to know some of the reasons why you might – or might not – need a storage unit.

Too Much Stuff

One of the primary reasons individuals rent a storage unit is that they have too much stuff. Usually, this transpires when downsizing to a smaller home, when moving, or when between homes. A few collectors don’t have space for their collections, and those who have inherited items they don’t need or aren’t presently using.

However, owning too much stuff isn’t essentially a decent reason to rent a storage unit. This is certainly relevant if you examine the amount you’ll spend on the monthly rent versus the value of the items you wish to preserve. For instance, if you spend an extra $100 a month on a storage unit, those items will cost you $1,200 a year to own and not utilize. Before renting a storage unit, it is necessary to inspect why you want to keep the things you plan to store and, if possible, explore other alternatives to a storage unit.

Storing Valuables

One factor that can greatly change the equation on value and storage is if you have valuable items you want to keep but don’t have space for them at the household for one reason or another. Obviously, if you own high-end valuables, it is important to decide on climate-controlled storage. Items such as artwork, musical instruments, antiques, photos, and electronics can be damaged by heat or cold and should never be placed in an outdoor storage condition.

Creative Alternatives

If you have things you want or need to keep, but it doesn’t seem worth the cost of a storage unit, consider an alternative and more creative approach to keep your stuff – or not. In several situations, owning too much stuff is the result of being unwilling to let things go, even things you will likely never use. If you can overcome your attachment to these things, you might be able to sell or give them away as an alternative.

As another option, if you have things you can’t leave with but don’t certainly need a storage unit to keep, think about asking a friend to keep or store it for you until you have the room to return them. A friend or family member with an empty spare room could utilize that antique furniture, piano, or framed artwork you don’t currently need but like to preserve. Or, get creative with the spaces in your own home to make room for your belongings. Underneath staircases, attics, and garage shelving can all increase usable storage space and let you hang on to a few more of your cherished belongings.


Even though there are several situations where a storage unit may be essential, usually, there are other and less expensive ways to deal with having more stuff than we need. But, the decision is yours! If you believe that a bigger rental home would give you not only more living space but more storage space as well, give Real Property Management Magic Valley a call! You can browse our listings and apply online when you find one that catches your eye.

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