Matter can’t be destroyed or created, and we seem to collect more things all the time. You don’t have to be a hoarder to know it takes time (and space) to sort and stow the stuff that matters. So what do you do? Here are a few tips on to how to get more storage space.
Some things have a limited shelf life, whether it’s food in the fridge or damaged photos in the attic. So your first decision should always be black and white – to save, or not to save, that is the question. Keep a large trash bag handy and watch your space grow.
If something needs repairing, decide if it’s worth keeping and make it happen. Get an estimate, put a timeline on it and move on. You’ve kept what really counts; now what do you do with the rest?
Sell, support or store
That hockey helmet that’s too small and the bike that you never ride could be the ticket to some quick cash. Put on your marketing cap and decide what’s more important –cash or space. You can sell a lot of stuff quickly at a yard sale and if you’re a social animal have a great time to boot. Make it a communal event and have your friends join you because it makes it a lot less work.
For more expensive items or things that may not have mass appeal, sell online. A wider audience will help you find the right buyers. I sold my high-end film cameras and lenses to 16 different buyers in 14 countries online and made a lot more money than one of the local pros wanted to pay.
Support something you are passionate about and give to your cause. There are so many people who can’t afford what you are looking to get rid of. A good friend and fine trumpet player gave nine trumpets to a local school after health issues prevented him from playing. Those instruments will teach children music for decades.
At the end of the day, you still might have more stuff than space. Here’s a thought; instead of moving, just move your stuff! Consider renting a self storage unit so you can keep the things you just can’t part with, minutes away from your home. You’ll enjoy the new room in your home, with more room for family and guests. Dedicated storage space is like having an attic without the stairs! Visit your local StorageMart for the easiest, cleanest self storage solution and the finest service around!