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Do You Really Need a Storage Unit?

Chubbuck Man Moving Boxes into a Storage UnitIf your stuff seems to be overwhelming your Chubbuck rental home, you might be thinking about if you should rent a storage unit. However, before you sign a contract, it is advisable to consider your situation cautiously. Is a storage unit truly important? Or are there any better ways you can manage your belongings?  To help you answer this issue, let’s look more closely at some of the reasons why you might – or might not – need a storage unit.

Too Much Stuff

One of the main reasons individuals rent a storage unit is that they have too much stuff. This sometimes occurs when downsizing to a smaller home, when moving, or when between homes. A few collectors have no space for their collections, and others have inherited items they don’t need or aren’t presently using.

However, having too much stuff isn’t really a valid reason to rent a storage unit. This is particularly the case if you consider the amount you’ll spend on the monthly rent as opposed to the value of the items you want to save. Paying an extra $100 a month on a storage unit, for instance, implies those things will cost you $1,200 a year to own and not use. Before renting a storage unit, it is important to check why you want to keep the things you intend to store and, if feasible, examine other alternatives to a storage unit.

Storing Valuables

One thing that can substantially 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 house for one reason or another. Obviously, if you have high-end valuables, don’t forget to choose climate-controlled storage. Kinds of stuff such as artwork, musical instruments, antiques, photos, and electronics can be damaged by heat or cold and must never be kept in an outdoor storage situation.

Creative Alternatives

If you have things you want or need to keep, but it doesn’t appear to be worth the cost of a storage unit, try other, innovative approaches you could keep your stuff – or not. Mostly, possessing too much stuff is a sign of being unwilling to let things go, even those that you probably will never use. If you can overcome your attachment to these things, you could possibly sell or give them away instead.

On the other hand, if you have things you can’t abandon but don’t necessarily need a storage unit to keep, think about asking a friend to keep or store it for you until you have the space to take it back. 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 prefer to store. Or else, get creative with the spaces in your own home to make room for your stuff. Underneath staircases, attics, and garage shelving may all add usable storage space and let you hang on to a few more of your cherished belongings.


While there are a few circumstances where a storage unit may be needed, in general, there are other and less expensive ways to deal with having more stuff than we need. After all, the decision is up to you! However, if you do feel like a bigger rental home would give you not only more living space but more storage space as well, give Real Property Management Pocatello a call! You can browse our listings and apply online when you find one that catches your eye.

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