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greyfel

I have rented large storage units and small ones. I rented large ones when I was moving and cleaned them out quickly. Right now I am renting a 5x5 inside unit that is temp controlled. I declined insurance because my homeowners ins. covers the contents. I also bought a portable storage tent called Yard Stash and it has been great for items that don't require temp. control. It also can be taken down like a tent and put away when you don't need it. I is very well made and has a large opening that zips shut. It went through a hurricane no problem because it was tied down securely.

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hgtvfan66

Before selling our house a year ago, I researched local self-storage facilities. We had decided not to store anything we didn't really want to keep (for ourselves or for our children). I checked the hours & prices (etc.) of several locations online, Then I visited to see if the staff was helpful and friendly - and I asked customers in the parking lot who used each place what they thought. We started with a large unit (10X25), then brought things to our new (much smaller) home over time, continuing to triage items - donate/give away/send to our sons. We changed to smaller units (8x10, 5X5) in the same facility twice, and last month we achieved our goal of removing all our belongings. Our timeline was a year, and we stuck to that. Now we're storage free! The only thing I'd add is that the "national average" price doesn't apply where we live; a 10X25 costs more than $400/month, an 8X10 is more than $150/month, and a 5X5 is more than $50/month. But we weren't paying a mortgage or property taxes anymore, so it was worth it! Deborah

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hsmeghan

We had a storage unit for years and it became the place for clutter we had collected but no longer needed in our tiny house. Because we had no garage or basement, we also stored things like snow tires and camping equipment that we actually did use. Then we moved to an apartment (and decluttered quite a bit of stuff) and five years later we bought a house with land. When we moved from the apartment we rented another small storage unit to process boxes gradually while moving in. The system worked well but was a big chunk of our budget each month. I cannot tell you how glad I was when we finally built a garage and moved all our stuff to our own property! Still need to sort through it and declutter once for all, but we're done with storage units. It was such joy to free up our budget from those payments!

One practical note -- if you do need to rent a storage unit, make sure you invest in a good solid lock. We had those heavy round ones that use keys and cannot be cut through. It amazed me that so many people would spend so much to rent units and put high school locker-type locks on them. They are easy to cut through and are no protection for your stuff. Protect your investment!

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