Get Organized: Rental storage units a large waste

March 5, 2016 - storage organizer

By Marla Ottenstein

Renting an off-site storage section is not ‘getting organized’

If there’s one thing that creates me crazier than people who content while driving, it’s when people chuck divided their hard-earned income to store “stuff” in an off-site storage unit. And we suspicion Bernie Madoff was a crook?

Trust me when we contend putting your grandmother’s chipped, scratched and non-dishwasher protected Limoges china in storage will not boost a value, and storing your son’s aged mattress and oversized bookcase for a four-plus years he’s in college won’t make them any some-more appealing when he graduates and moves into an section on his own. Renting an off-site storage section is same to flushing income down a toilet.

I know a lady who used to have 3 10-by-20-foot storage units, that were filled with hundreds of boxes filled with aged hotel amenities, including an collection of hotel soaps – used and new – bottles of shampoo and conditioner; physique lotion, shoe horns and polishing kits, combs and throwaway terry cloth slippers.

At an normal of $247 per month, double by 12 months, she was spending approximately $2,964 per section a per year; take that number, and greaten it by 3 (the series of storage units she was renting) and you’ve got $8,892 a year for all 3 units; times 10 (the series of years she had been renting a units) and you’ve got $88,920. we don’t know about you, though we cruise that’s a lot of money.

In terms of value-cost averaging, renting a storage section is never a correct investment, even if we are storing something some-more profitable than boxes of hotel amenities.

When considering either or not to use off-site storage, a many critical questions are: A. Can we means it, and B. Do we need it? Although one preference does not indispensably speculate a other, once we cruise a cost, I’m anticipating you’ll agree; renting an off-site storage section is customarily not a good idea.

In Southwest Florida, a normal cost for a tiny 10-by-10 feet (one-bedroom) storage unit, runs about $161 per month ($1,932 a year). Average prices for a middle 10-by-15-foot (two-bedroom) storage section run about $225 a month ($2,700 per year) and for a vast three-bedroom unit, a normal cost a month is $247 ($2,965 per year). Nothing speaks louder than a facts, agreed? (Costs competence boost for interior, climate-controlled units, as good as for word and 24-hour on-site security.)

Remember, if we can’t means a payments, don’t do it! If we skip even one payment, you’ll run a risk of losing everything.

The doubt is: should we or shouldn’t we lease a storage unit? Bottom line; no matter what a circumstances, if we confirm to lease a storage unit, extent a let tenure to no some-more than 12 months – max. Still not certain if we should or shouldn’t lease a unit; take a demeanour during a following tips, that should make a decision-making a small easier.

You should lease a storage section if we are relocating from one home to another, though staying somewhere else in a interim.

You should lease a climate-controlled section if you’re entertainment your home and need to store equipment for a brief time, though be certain to supplement a cost of relocating a items, as good as a additional insurance, into a equation. In other words, it competence be time to sell a equipment undisguised instead of storing them.

You should not lease a storage section only to store a things we don’t have room for in your residence or apartment, such as shoes, clothes, fur coats, themed holiday decorations, a aged Victorian cot your good grandmother gave we or your kids’ college yearbooks and we unequivocally should not lease a section to store aged records, comic books, Barbie dolls, Beanie Babies and other whatnot that we cruise will boost in value – they won’t.

Speaking of sofas, if you’re meditative of reupholstering Granny’s aged sofa, it’s substantially cheaper to buy an whole vital room set than to reupholster one sofa! And how about that baby grand piano we changed into your storage section 5 years ago? The cost of relocating a piano from indicate A to indicate B to indicate C is simply not value it, generally if we don’t play a piano!

If a infancy of what we keep in storage belongs to your kids, maybe it’s time to cut a self-evident umbilical cord and let them compensate a rent?

Finally, if you’re unequivocally critical about downsizing, it’s time to make some tough decisions and unpack a things we will substantially never use again.

Remember a adage, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” well, a same can be pronounced for what goes in storage stays in storage! Really.


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Naples’ Premier Professional Organizer Marla Ottenstein offers consultant residential and corporate veteran organizing services. Licensed Insured. Member: NAPO. Her mainstay appears on a initial and third Fridays of any month. For information: or email:

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