If you decide to spend a significant amount of time away from your hometown, in another town, country, or continent, then you'll probably end up putting your stuff in storage. Depending on how much stuff you have, there is always the possibility that you might be able to store some stuff with your family, but ultimately, you'll probably have to store some stuff. Here are some tips on dealing with this situation.
1. Don't Store Computers
As sensible as it might seem, if you've got a desktop or two that need to be stored with your stuff, it's probably best to save the hard drives and junk the rest. In a year or so, depending on how old your computer is, it will be good to be thrown out or recycled.
2. Sell Appliances
Appliances are heavy and take up a lot of space. It's best to sell these instead of storing them. If you're selling your house or condo, you can easily sell your appliances with the place. That's what a lot of homeowners do. If you rent and you've got appliances, try to sell them to the new renters or leverage your social network to make a quick sale.
Before the movers come by to pick your stuff, purge as much as possible. Throwing stuff out or recycling is a lot better than just storing it, especially if when you retrieve your belongings, you'll end up throwing it out anyway. There's a lot of junk that people accumulate that doesn't need to be kept. Going through a purge like this every few years ensures that you don't complicate your life with unneeded belongings.
4. Yearly Fee
Pick a company that allows you to pay a yearly fee. This is usually prepaid in advance and guarantees you to save a bit of money, anywhere from 10 to 40% compared to monthly fees.
5. Storage Location
If you're really trying to save all the money that you can, then you should pick a storage facility that's not in the center of your town. If it's further away, in the suburbs, you'll save a lot of money. When we inquired for storage space, we saw differences of 20-60% to store our stuff in the suburbs compared to downtown.