Storage Space: To Rent or Not To Rent?

It's the beginning of a new year, a natural time to make a fresh start. Lots of new things came into our house over the holidays so some kind of organizing is in order. I've made an initial pass at our closets, bookshelves, kitchen cabinets, and toy bins but still more needs to go.The solution for me is to rent a storage space. Although there have been a few times in the past that I've come close to renting a storage space, I've ended up not going through with it. So this will be my first time and I consider it a major step.

Since having kids, I've become more sentimental and there are special clothes and other items that I just don't want to give away. There is artwork I want to keep, more and more projects like special Christmas ornaments and Mother's day gifts that I could never let go of. Seasonal sports equipment that I have limited room for in the house. My answer, at least temporarily is a storage space.

But I am not proceeding without caution. My biggest concern is that it will become a way for me to justify the purchase of things - big things - that I don't really need. That I will want to fill it to the brim. I'm envisioning that the storage space plus some more purging and organization will get me that much closer to the more minimalist style I'm striving for at home.

If you use a storage space for your belongings, please let me know how it's going in the comments.

So, if all goes according to plan, I will be going to the storage space with the first load - all of our holiday ornaments and decoration neatly packed in containers - next weekend.

(Image: Storage Works)

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