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Old 07-24-2018, 11:54 AM
 
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$3,380 to date, by my estimate.
The OP is probably going to have to spend at least $1000-1500 a pop to get each storage unit to a new place on top of storage costs. So $6k minimum I would say on these items assuming he can get them out quickly. This makes no sense. Unless there were high end pieces in both units, which I doubt if someone canít get up money for a deposit,, something has to give.
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:14 PM
 
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OK, you live with relatives. Rent cost ? Food paid for? Utilities? You should be saving if you're not paying them a lot.

But in any case. LET THE STUFF GO. The only reason to have stuff in storage is for a plan to increase the space you'd have and then bring that stuff out to use the space. Seems you did it backwards....

I let go a lot of stuff that I KNEW I couldn't hang onto. It hurt to let it go (Sort of financially, but more emotionally) but guess what? I'm still alive and damn glad I did it.

Best of luck, but really, just quit paying on it and let them auction it off....
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:23 PM
 
Location: West Coast U.S.A.
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Get rid of everything in both of the units and stop the money drain.

You are spending more than it would cost to replace all of this stuff one day when you do get a permanent home again
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$3,380 to date, by my estimate.
Plus the cost of gasoline, wasted time, and headaches from worrying. Too much stuff is a bad thing.
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Plus the cost of gasoline, wasted time, and headaches from worrying. Too much stuff is a bad thing.
Yep, itís the stuff that owns you, not the other way around. It owns you because thereís no easy way to either move it or get rid of it.

Iím moving stuff out of my house today but itís actually merchandise that is the lifeblood of my business and generates income for me. Iím discarding as much of my personal stuff as I can, because it represents dead money.
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:59 PM
 
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My thing is, if I just give it up to auction...that would essentially defeat the purpose of all this time storing things. Even if I store for 6 more months, and then take out: what would be the point of letting them auction everything off? Also, I recently took some items out of storage (including a 38" TV) and they all work and smell fine. Also had my favorite coats, lamp, different pillows I've collected taken out as I didn't want the humidity to get to them. Nothing is damaged. I also moved my 8x10 storage unit last year to a new facility. I thought everything was going to be ruined...yet everything was exactly as I had moved it in, because it's a dry climate and most times the storage unit would keep a cool temperature.

It's all about PROPERLY storing items. Some people I see have stuff piled to the ceiling. You can't do that. All of my stuff is stored to where I can walk around without stuff falling on top of me.

It's easy to say get rid of it, but I look at it like this: if I had an apartment and traveled like I did: I'd be spending more. Even its $3,000 I've spent, that's only 3 months rent in most places. I don't want to start back over when I get an apartment, sleeping and eating on the floor. It's also not as easy to just "buy everything over again" because when you move someplace, that takes time and the first few months moving in, is usually not the best time to make extra purchases. And I have to pay to live somewhere right? I mean...what was I supposed to do at the time I moved, got rid of everything? I tried that in the past to sell stuff when I moved: either people don't want it or it would take too long to sell in the short amount of time I had to move.

But I understand what all are saying. Also, the costs to move the items depending on where I move, could vary based on where I go.
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:23 PM
 
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Get rid of the furniture at least and try to get down to one unit. You can buy nice used furniture at an estate sale for less than the cost to store it.
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Old 07-24-2018, 02:28 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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My thing is, if I just give it up to auction...that would essentially defeat the purpose of all this time storing things. Even if I store for 6 more months, and then take out: what would be the point of letting them auction everything off? Also, I recently took some items out of storage (including a 38" TV) and they all work and smell fine. Also had my favorite coats, lamp, different pillows I've collected taken out as I didn't want the humidity to get to them. Nothing is damaged. I also moved my 8x10 storage unit last year to a new facility. I thought everything was going to be ruined...yet everything was exactly as I had moved it in, because it's a dry climate and most times the storage unit would keep a cool temperature.

It's all about PROPERLY storing items. Some people I see have stuff piled to the ceiling. You can't do that. All of my stuff is stored to where I can walk around without stuff falling on top of me.

It's easy to say get rid of it, but I look at it like this: if I had an apartment and traveled like I did: I'd be spending more. Even its $3,000 I've spent, that's only 3 months rent in most places. I don't want to start back over when I get an apartment, sleeping and eating on the floor. It's also not as easy to just "buy everything over again" because when you move someplace, that takes time and the first few months moving in, is usually not the best time to make extra purchases. And I have to pay to live somewhere right? I mean...what was I supposed to do at the time I moved, got rid of everything? I tried that in the past to sell stuff when I moved: either people don't want it or it would take too long to sell in the short amount of time I had to move.
Sounds like lots of convenient excuses for not dealing with the problem. "Stuff" creates it's own inertia both physically as well as emotionally. It forms a solid barrier in your mind. You either can't release it because it had monetary value and you resent losing control of it, you don't want to face the sheer work it will take, or you can't come to grip with the inability to face facts and make decisions. So it just sits even though you can't use it.

Speaking as someone who grew up with a parent who could never give or throw much of anything away. He felt that once he spent his hard-earned money on an object it was HIS forever, useful or not. I suspect for some people that "stuff" is a symptom, a physical manifestation of other things in life that never came to pass. Never satisfied, never resolved, always left wanting, unresolved regrets, denying realities.

OP I find it hard to believe that every item in those units is really something you can't let go of. This pattern could lead you someplace worse. Best to bite the bullet and at least whittle it down. The truth is, if it really was easy to get rid of it you wouldn't be here. You'd do what it took to sort it, release part of it, get the rest at least geographically closer to where you are now, and let the matter drop.

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Old 07-24-2018, 03:06 PM
 
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My thing is, if I just give it up to auction...that would essentially defeat the purpose of all this time storing things. Even if I store for 6 more months, and then take out: what would be the point of letting them auction everything off? Also, I recently took some items out of storage (including a 38" TV) and they all work and smell fine. Also had my favorite coats, lamp, different pillows I've collected taken out as I didn't want the humidity to get to them. Nothing is damaged. I also moved my 8x10 storage unit last year to a new facility. I thought everything was going to be ruined...yet everything was exactly as I had moved it in, because it's a dry climate and most times the storage unit would keep a cool temperature.

It's all about PROPERLY storing items. Some people I see have stuff piled to the ceiling. You can't do that. All of my stuff is stored to where I can walk around without stuff falling on top of me.

It's easy to say get rid of it, but I look at it like this: if I had an apartment and traveled like I did: I'd be spending more. Even its $3,000 I've spent, that's only 3 months rent in most places. I don't want to start back over when I get an apartment, sleeping and eating on the floor. It's also not as easy to just "buy everything over again" because when you move someplace, that takes time and the first few months moving in, is usually not the best time to make extra purchases. And I have to pay to live somewhere right? I mean...what was I supposed to do at the time I moved, got rid of everything? I tried that in the past to sell stuff when I moved: either people don't want it or it would take too long to sell in the short amount of time I had to move.

But I understand what all are saying. Also, the costs to move the items depending on where I move, could vary based on where I go.
So then keep the storage units?

I don't mean to sound dismissive, but I don't think I understand what you are looking for in this thread.
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Old 07-24-2018, 03:27 PM
 
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Now I don't know about any of this storage container stuff but If your living in one aren't you afraid of being locked in one while sleeping ?
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Old 07-24-2018, 05:27 PM
 
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To put this in perspective, I'm nearly twice your age. I had a need to temporarily store all of my worldly goods, and well as my wife's contribution to the pile, as we had a delay in moving from one house to another. I rented a 10 x 25. When it was full, the perimeter was neatly stacked and the middle isle was empty. AS in, EVERYTHING we owned, moving from one 1400 sq. FT. home, to another, took up less than 2/3rd of that locker. IOW, I could of easily stuffed everything into a 10x15. Being single, at your age, you have a serious issue to deal with. You own FAR too much sheet, and it needs to be addressed. Your ongoing process of maintaining this hoard is killing you, financially, and impeding your progress.
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