According to a recent Bloomberg article, Americans have less space than ever before, and this has caused a huge boom in the self storage industry. Why is it that we have less space? What’s taking up all of that room? The simple answer is that we’re buying more stuff than ever before, and this is leading to houses that are too full to add any more things to.
Is there a solution to this problem? The best way to move stuff out of your home is to check out Fort Collins storage units. You can store the things that you don’t want to get rid of, and keep the things that you have to have inside of your home. The other thing that you can do is buy a bigger house, though most Americans are actually moving in the opposite direction.
People Seek Smaller Houses
A few years ago, the trend was to buy the biggest house that you could find for the sake of having a big house. That trend has recently been fading, and people are now looking for homes that are smaller and more on the minimalist side of things. Not only do people want a smaller home in order to store less things, but they are also looking for homes that are less expensive, and this means going smaller.
The other reason why people are searching for smaller homes has to do with an increasing urban population. As cities become more and more crowded, people have less space to live, and single family homes become less and less popular. Condos are taking the place of those homes, and that may mean moving from one place with a lot of space to a condo that may only have a very small storage locker. If this is the case with you and your family, how do you decide what to keep and what to get rid of?
Making Room in a Small Space
There are probably things in your current living space that you really don’t want to throw out or sell, but you’d like to keep somehow, right? Put those things in a pile or corner that you mentally label “storage,” and send those things to a storage unit once you’ve gathered up everything that can fit in that category. What about the rest of your stuff?
Figure out what you can’t live without by going room by room (and include any basement storage that you have). Then, put the things that you kind of like (but aren’t sure if you really need) in another pile room by room. Finally, grab the things that you really don’t like, won’t ever use or wear, and could get rid of easily. You have a few choices when it comes to those items.
What to Do With Stuff You Don’t Want
Head back to the pile of things in each room that you aren’t sure about, and ask yourself whether or not you’d like to keep them in storage, or if you just want to get rid of them. (Hint: if you haven’t used something in two years, you probably don’t need it!) Once you have large piles of things to toss, you can further separate those things into two different piles: one to donate and one to throw away.
You can donate almost everything that’s in good shape. Don’t give your local shelter clothes that are stained and full of holes, but do give things that are working perfectly fine, or are in good shape. You can donate things like televisions, electronic equipment, clothing, bedding, beds, furniture, and many other items. Simply call the shelter, and ask what you can and can’t drop off. After that, call Waterglen for Fort Collins self storage rates and sizes, and bring everything that you can’t bear to part with to your new storage space.
Downsizing in order to move into a new home doesn’t have to be tough, and you don’t have to give up your favorite things when you have a company like Waterglen around to help you store all of that stuff! Call us today for rates and storage locker sizes. We’re sure that we have the perfect space to fit you and all of your things!