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  1. Sep 1, 2011 #1

    lisab

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    "Self Storage"?

    How many Pfers have "stuff" in self-storage facilities?

    I don't really want to know what you have stored, but you can share that if you want.

    My question is, why? Are you pretty sure that there is a life-changing event coming up, at which time you will take your stuff out? Or are you storing it...indefinitely?

    Me, I have none...I strive to be a minimalist (and mostly fail :smile:).
     
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    At the moment no, however I have frequently spent months with most of my belongings in storage. However, that is mostly because I have not lived in one place for more than a year in the past 9 years.
     
  4. Sep 1, 2011 #3

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    When I first read the thread title I thought you were asking about people putting themselves in storage...
     
  5. Sep 1, 2011 #4
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    Wiki says:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-storage



    Me too!
     
  6. Sep 1, 2011 #5

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    So did I. :tongue2:

    I have a ton of stuff in my garage. Boxes of photos, vinyl record albums, furniture, and collectables in hopes of someday moving back into a place with enough room for them.
     
  7. Sep 1, 2011 #6
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    Oh my. There is a reality tv series on self-storage autions?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storage_Wars

    And people wonder why I don't have a tv.
     
  8. Sep 1, 2011 #7

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    Wow, one in ten. That's a lot more than I expected. And it's not like the average american home is small, either.
    Hmm, I could have chosen a better name...my bad :redface:.
     
  9. Sep 1, 2011 #8

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    I really enjoy the show. It is all about the stuff they find in the lockers. Ranges from antique weapons to avant grade art. Many very interesting items which they have appraised and frequently a share bit of history.

    Most of the people are not offensive, though some are. Still it is about the contents of the lockers.
     
  10. Sep 2, 2011 #9
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    We do (the smallest size they had).

    WHY? We were forced to leave a larger rental place when the landlord wanted to sell a year after we moved in (we would have NEVER moved there if we knew he was not planning to continue renting). Turns out there were some restrictions on when the landlord could sell after dividing a downtown furniture warehouse into condos. As soon as he could he listed them and we... like everyone else, vacated before any units were sold. Eventually the guy went bankrupt for trying to "get rich quick" because the units were so cheaply constructed that people who had been renting but thought about buying just paid a bit more for some much better constructed newer condos next door! He should have just kept renting to keep getting income!

    We then quickly settled for a two-bedroom apartment for a 4-person family (this was even before E -- but to keep the boys in the same schools (zoning here was very weird and the middle school went one way while the elementary went another -- so we had very limited space to look for a new place AND still have wheelchair accessibility)... so a lot was quickly stashed (books, photos, furniture that my spouse has weird attachments too but I hate -- like a rocking chair from his first marriage, a wrought-iron end table that was made by an artist and is pretty -- but has a glass top that gets fingerprints and sharp dangerous points everywhere, etc.).

    Will you leave [your stuff] there indefinitely?
    NO!!! I've cleaned about half of it out (books etc.) that got put up in our larger rental now (a four bedroom house -- with good zoning for middle and high school), but I need to call the local cerebral palsy center to donate some large items for "special needs" that P doesn't use (for example a "stander" used for physical therapy that was difficult to get him into and made him pass out when he was in it for more than 5 minutes)... and then have some help moving some of the bigger awkward things (like a futon -- at one point I would move it on my own, but I'm getting OLD). My spouse claims he and M (now 12) will clean it out someday... but after over a year and a half with only me working at it, I'm finding that hard to believe... and it's been hard for ME to do with little E in tow.

    What irks me -- a box of my childhood photos is at the very bottom of a huge towering stack of things that includes the Christmas tree and a small chair. The SPOUSE loaded the storage unit. And a glass lampshade was broken in the loading of the unit (which I'm more concerned about because of the broken glass).

    But ... you remind me... I want to drop off the rent tomorrow to get it in sometime before the 5th (although I know at least once I ran MUCH later, but they're not "open it up now" or "add a fee" types... they're really nice bible-belty people who have had some troubles of their own... including losing a teenage daughter to a car accident) ! But -- I'll try to remember the key and get the rocking chair out and donated! It's RIGHT in the entrance of the unit, and a pain in the you know what whenever I try to clean out anything.

    Is there a life-changing event coming up?
    We don't plan on being in the locale forever. Always on the lookout for the right job opportunity... but with the economy being bad, even the wrong ones are scarce.

    As an aside: I'm upset at finding my work office becoming storage too -- for books and all the things I bought for class activities (balls, rulers, dowel rods, dice, thermometers, etc) and demos. Ugh. STUFF. And thank GOD the rental house only has a carport, not a garage.

    Meanwhile: Anybody want to make a bid on our stuff as described so far?
    1 rocking chair used by the ex-spouse to rock the boys.
    1 therapeutic stander (note walmart.com sells a pediatric one of lesser quality for $1348.00 -- this one will fit an adult < 6ft... (it's just adult... not adult tall) -- and has many add-ons... it's worth probably 3-5k)
    1 very cheap artificial Christmas tree (sorry, no ornaments -- I took those out last Christmas) -- lights may not work.
    1 very small wooden chair (from a garage sale -- 5 dollars but it has a super comfy cushion) GREAT desk chair.
    1 very pretty but very dangerous wrought iron and glass end table (oval) -- glass NOT broken
    1 broken lampshade (I think the lamp, a floor-height lamp, is still there too)
    1 futon and frame (very nice frame - renewable forest "teak").
    1 box of childhood photos (newspaper clippings, etc. circa 1975-1995, with maybe some recent ones on top).
    1 towering stack of boxes (I don't think you want what's in them -- not sentimental, not generally useful)
     
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  11. Sep 2, 2011 #10
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    There's a sign for one of these here and the initial "S" fell off. It has become "elf Storage".
     
  12. Sep 2, 2011 #11
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    I try to keep my possessions limited. I am currently living at my grandmas since my grandfather died but will be moving back out again soon since my aunt and cousin moved in. My grandmother is a packrat to there are no fewer than three storage sheds in the back yard and several shelving units in the garage for storage. I have my kitchen stuff stored in the garage and a few pieces of furniture (all I own) in one of the sheds in the back. My books are in boxes stacked in the corner in my room. Other than that I have only two medium-large sized boxes with random junk that I don't want to throw away and they usually sit in a closet where ever I live. I think my grandmother* being a packrat is what has made me not want to have a bunch of junk. When ever I move I wind up throwing out some of my stuff just to make sure I don't have that much.


    *edit: most of my family really.
     
  13. Sep 2, 2011 #12

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    Yes, we have a storage unit.
    The reason is simply that I live in a flat in London, and we have no storage space at all in our flat except 3 (small) wardrobes. The unit is not cheap (we pay £120 a month for a space that is perhaps 2.5x2m, it is sort of a strange shape) but we don't really have any other option since we need a space to keep suitcases, Christmas decorations, some of my old stereo equipment (including a few hundred CDs) etc.
    A home with no storage space is not at all unusual in London, which is why there are plenty self storage facilities all over the city,
     
  14. Sep 2, 2011 #13

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    What I hate about having too much stuff is the boxes that were packed 20 years ago and have never been opened since. And most of it is lame stuff that should have been opened the day we moved in.

    "Where's the dish strainer?"
    "Uh, I know which box it's in, but I don't know where the box is."
    "Well, let's buy a new one because we can't wait until we find the box."

    Buying a self-storage unit just for the unopened boxes would be a great idea. Pay one month's rent and then never return again. Sure, your stuff winds up on a TV show, but as long as no one in the family watches that particular episode, they still think all that stuff they never use or even look at is still safe and sound, waiting for the end times to come, at which time I'm sure opening that box one last time would be their number one priority.

    Or, do what I did after my divorce. Actually open those boxes and give the kids one last chance to claim the beloved stuff animals they haven't seen in years before I donate it. The daughter did want her Barbie collection and the boys did want their hot wheel collection, but we sure did donate a lot of stuffed animals (in really good condition, too).

    I really caught hell for donating the He-man characters. Apparently those are collectible, too, but by who?!

    Boxes of baby clothes and a pregnant daughter and she took less than a dozen articles. But did hang onto the box so some of her friends could look through it, which got rid of another half dozen articles. I would have thought the baby clothes would have been a little more popular. Almost all of them got dropped off at the thrift store.

    Plus, there were a lot of boxes that were nothing but old school papers and those went to the recycling center. Keeping a sample of your kid's first kindergarten assignment is one thing, but was there really a need to fill up entire boxes with old school papers? It's not like they're as important as old computer magazines for my Commodore 64, which I did keep, by the way (maybe next time, since if you don't have at least a little worthless junk on hand, major cleaning projects just wouldn't give you the same feel of accomplishment).

    And, I did get a cool set of drinking glasses for the kitchen! My oldest daughter had bought these when she was dreaming of moving out of the house, but forgot to actually take them with her when she finally did get her first apartment. Tough break, kid! That's part of the storage fees around here!

    And, then, the ex's diary of her teenage years, including the period where her dad died. Her dad was diagnosed with cancer right after she got the diary and the last entry was the day her dad died. I guess there wasn't anything else to write about after that. That did have to get mailed to her. That's not something I could just throw away.

    And, yes, since I kept the Commodore 64 magazines, I also had to keep the Commodore 64 computer, as well.

    Out of enough stuff to fill a garage sized storage unit, what was kept didn't even fill the cubby hole under the stairs. But, I actually get to park my Jeep in the garage now!
     
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  15. Sep 2, 2011 #14

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    I own my "storage units" in the form of a detached garage and a loft over the attached garage.

    I helped friends clean out their rented storage unit after they bought another house, and it was a royal pain. They had SO much stuff crammed in there that I filled my pickup and my friend filled his pickup, and we filled a fairly large utility trailer on each trip, and we made several trips to their new place so that we could turn their 2-car garage into a fully-packed storage unit. Most of that stuff should have been lawn-saled for cheap or tossed away anyway.
     
  16. Sep 2, 2011 #15

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    Fortunately, neither my wife nor I have ever had to rent a storage unit. In grad school, before we met, we lived in dorms or furnished apartments, with a minimum of our own stuff. When we came here (separately), we each got small unfurnished apartments and had to get some furniture (in her case, mostly hand-me-downs from colleagues; in my case, purchased). Then we met, got married and bought a house that easily accommodated all the stuff from our apartments. After 23 years the house is pretty full and I'm starting to thin out some of my books, CDs, etc., rather than consider storing them elsewhere.
     
  17. Sep 2, 2011 #16

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    Reading these posts reminded me of a neighbor I had years ago, who was trying to get rid of "stuff". He packed it up in the station wagon, and his wife drove it to the thrift store to make a big donation.

    She did drop it all off, but she came back with, you guessed it - a bag of new "stuff" she bought at the thrift store.
     
  18. Sep 2, 2011 #17

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    My wife and a neighbor are putting on a garage sale this weekend, to thin out "stuff". My biggest fear is that my wife will return with more "stuff".
     
  19. Sep 2, 2011 #18

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    This thread makes me feel much better about myself. I don't have a self storage unit, but my entire house is filled with future project "items". It is one of those wacky; "He's got a two foot pathway throughout his entire house" kind of places.

    My brother stopped by a few years ago to give me a ride to the airport, took a look into my house from the front entrance, and said only one thing; "You have to die last."

    :redface:
     
  20. Sep 2, 2011 #19

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    My father is a pack-rat and saves everything that is broken because "I might be able to use parts of this." He has a couple of riding lawn-mowers that are at least 25 years old because the bearings in the mower-decks might be usable in his current ~15-year-old mower. His "shop" is not usable as a shop because it is so packed with tools, parts, etc, that he will never use.

    He says that when he dies, I should burn the place. I don't want to go to jail as an arsonist, so I'll first let my niece's husband strip the place of all the scrap that he can sell, then turn the place over to the local FD, so they can use it for practice-burns for training purposes. There is NO way that I will clean out that place.

    BTW, back when I was 10, the town's sesquicentennial committee gave my parents a plaque because the house was over 175 years old. OK, so now the place is ~225 years old. I'm still not cleaning it out!
     
  21. Sep 2, 2011 #20

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    The reason for NOT using self storage system; have you seen the monthly rate for those commercial units?

    Heck. I can build one for the cost of one months rent.
     
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