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Old 07-28-2018, 05:23 PM
 
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That's what I was thinking. A storage unit costs $1,200 per year, and that's for just one of them. A moving truck can easily run $100 just for in-town distances, and is likely prohibitive for the 1,000-1,800 mile trips he'll need.

And what is the cost of all this moving around jumping from place to place? Seems pricey. Are you (OP) flying or burning the 87 octane? Distance has it's burdens.

Now consider this: how much would a small apartment's furnishings cost if you got everything off of Craigslist or Freecycle and didn't care if it all matched or not? Less than the yearly cost of a storage unit for sure.

I used a storage unit twice to go on deployments, but I shared those units with two other guys and split the costs. It was a heck of a lot cheaper than keeping an apartment and I sent the wife home to live with her folks for the duration. I can't think of too many legitimate reasons to rent those storage units, but people do. They are a super temporary solution at best.

You can furnish an apartment cheaply. When I moved into my first apartment after a split. I had to get everything from furniture, bed microwave to dishes, towels, pots plates and utensils. I got a lot of that stuff at stores like Big Lots. I bought all my appliances, microwave, iron, vacuum, toaster and blender at thrift shops and paid less than $100 for all combined. They all lasted years. I bought a lot of stuff at IKEA, and still have my $14 side tables and $10 floating shelves. The only thing I spent a good bit on was the mattress.

It can definitely be done.
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Old 07-28-2018, 06:43 PM
 
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When we bought our house 23 years ago, there was a lot of junk I would not allow to be moved there. So he rented a big storage unit.


He has been paying $2,000 a year on it for the last 23 years. You do the math. So what if he can afford it? That's $46,000 we could have invested. Gone, because he either can't or won't let go of what is literally JUNK.
I would need to conduct a visual inspection before I can agree with the 'literally JUNK' assessment. Just sayin'
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Old 07-28-2018, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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If you're not using what's in the storage unit now, then you don't need it. Just think how much money you'd have if you weren't paying on two storage units.
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I would need to conduct a visual inspection before I can agree with the 'literally JUNK' assessment. Just sayin'

Show up with a couple of trucks and most likely you'll get all of it!
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:07 PM
 
Location: the Permian Basin
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Selling the stuff isn't a desire for me because lot of is essential things.

If it was essential, it wouldn't be locked away in storage units you rarely visit.
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:17 PM
 
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I used to live in Texas briefly which had $99 move in specials and such. I can't find those in any of the state's I have storage units or domicile in. Selling the stuff isn't a desire for me because lot of is essential things. I threw the junk out before it went it. I have to make sure that even if I find the place, I have enough set aside to also make the move. Right now I'm living with relatives, and at 30...it's soul destroying to me.
Decide which one has the most marketable stuff in it and sell everything in there. Summer time is a good time. Haul it all to the local flea market. If you don't have a vehicle to do it put an ad on Craigslist and work a deal with someone with that sort of vehicle.

And if neither storage has enough stuff in it to give you the money to get an apartment then what on earth are you doing? You are paying money to store garbage? Take the stuff you want out and let the rest go to auction. No longer your problem. Or give it away. Run a craigslist ad. Free stuff in a storage must take everything. Problem solved. No more rental fees. Believe me it will be easy to get rid of the stuff.

Your priority is getting your own place to live not paying every month to store junk.

Priorities!
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:29 PM
 
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Show up with a couple of trucks and most likely you'll get all of it!

Two eighteen wheelers or two pickups? Nevermind, I only own one pickup truck.
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:35 PM
 
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OP why are you holding onto things like lamps when you don't own or rent your own place? Salvation army stores and other thrift shops often sell lamps for $5.
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:35 PM
 
Location: southern california
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Stop dropping your cash on storage
It costs too much
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:48 AM
 
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a while back, my life was in limbo with trying to get a job and relocating after some major losses. I paid storage for at least a couple of years and it took thousands of dollars for it to finally be shipped to my new apartment. It was cathartic to say the least, when I was finally able to get my stuff and unpack everything.

After thinking about my life's events, it occurred to me how important our belongings are to us. Our stuff grounds us. After losing so much in life, my stuff helped me heal after the losses. Something as simple as an old towel that you may have used a million times has memories. It reminds you of happier times that you hold dear in your heart.

It's easy for us to tell the OP to get rid of it, but if his life is in limbo today, he will eventually be able to experience a stable life and trust me, those little things mean more than is readily apparent.
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