Whether you are the type of person who never throws anything away or you ruthlessly have a cull every few months, storage is something that is key to having a tidy life.
Storage is an important part of family life, but what we often forget to do however is think outside of the box when it comes to solving the problem of where to store items that you don't want to throw away, but don't have the room for.
Having a cull of items you don't have room for may end up with a tidier home, but if you are anything like me, inevitably you will discover soon after are things that you wanted to, or should have kept but didn't.
Not just objects, but memories. Treasures that you did not realise that you treasured, until they are at the tip or have been donated.
Books that you decided you would not read again and then miss. Photographs of events from long past that you want to reminisce with, but have been thrown them. Furniture that you didn't need in your old house, but would have worked perfectly in your new home. Even things like those winter coats that are past their best and don't fit in your cupboard, but would have been perfect for walking the dog.
Your attic, if you have one, is one solution, but damp, moths and who knows what else always eventually take their toll. So what to do?
One option and an option that I use on a regular basis is renting a storage unit. Specifically for my locality, I use Shurgard Self-Storage Woolwich
The reason I chose Shurgard was firstly because of easy to use website. You can choose the size of the unit that you want and reserve online, paying only a pound for the first month and then a fixed amount each month, depending on the size of the unit. There is also no minimum contract.
Renting a storage unit can solve so many problems. When renovating your home and you need to store your furniture or box up everything while you decorate, renting a secure place to keep them is ideal.
If you are the kind of person that regularly culls your home of items, a storage unit can be the place you put things until you make your final decision. It gives you time rather than having to decide whether to throw something away in the spur of the moment.
A storage unit also gives you the option of long term storage. If you are looking to upsize your home and want to buy pieces gradually for it, a storage unit can be the place where they can be ready and waiting for your new home.
You don't have to rent a large space, you can get a 15ft square unit for less than £14 a month to store things like necessary documents that have somehow filled a filing cabinet as well as the odds and ends that you have accumulated over the years that you don't want to throw away. Your child's old toys for example that are no use to you when the child has outgrown them, but the memories are irreplaceable.
Have you ever thrown anything away that you have regretted. I bet, like me, you can think of many things. This is a possible and workable solution at a reasonable rate.
Why not try it out?