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Old 07-26-2018, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Originally Posted by ExNooYawk2 View Post
You've spent over three grand and counting so far but don't want to get rid of stuff because that money will then have been wasted. Well, that's kind of true. But. If you don't get rid of it now, you'll only spend more money. It's called "throwing good money after bad". Bite the bullet and ditch everything if it will help you save for a downpayment on a new place.
Which makes no sense as the money would not have been wasted "because" she gets rid of the stuff.


The money has already been wasted because she's been paying to let stuff sit in storage.


Solution: To stop wasting money, let the stuff go.
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Old 07-26-2018, 06:45 PM
 
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Which makes no sense as the money would not have been wasted "because" she gets rid of the stuff.


The money has already been wasted because she's been paying to let stuff sit in storage.


Solution: To stop wasting money, let the stuff go.
The OP is going to HAVE to let stuff go regardless because there is absolutely no way that an 8x10 AND an 10x15 storage unit are going to fit into a one-bedroom apartment. She is paying for stuff that will have to be tossed once she gets to the final destination regardless of the outcome because there is no outcome that is going to include winning the lotto and moving into a 3-bedroom house.

I had a similar situation when I moved here. I didnít have a place picked out and thought I would be where I am now, but when I arrived there was no availability and I ended up in a place slightly smaller than my prior home. I ended up having to toss quite a bit or donate the stuff to Goodwill that I could not fit. I considered renting a garage, but then decided it was best just to purge the stuff and I really havenít missed it. The stuff wasnít of any value and didnít make sense to save.
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Old 07-26-2018, 07:53 PM
 
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Call Salvation Army and have them meet you a the storage unit. Anything they will not take, haul to the dump.

Used furniture has almost no value. It is not worth selling. By the time you are done with all the hassle, you will get about 30 cents an hour for your time. You undoubtedly have already paid many times its value in storage fees and you have no end in sight. If you finally get a place, it will not be worth shipping the stuff to your new location anyway, and it may never happen.
Can't really even give away any furniture here that is upholstered due the fear of bedbugs... it is a real problem... and expensive!

So couches, beds, etc... are less than no value.

Dining Room Tables, wood end tables, desks, etc... still have a market.
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Old 07-26-2018, 08:15 PM
 
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I had a friend in a similar situation. The friendship ended because he wouldn't stop hitting me up for unrepayable "loans" to keep his storage units above water. He was even homeless (before I knew him) but still paying storage fees.

When you can't get everything you want, the ability to choose what is most important has great value, and the inability to choose can have high costs.


Did you ever read Dune, by Frank Herbert? "Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife - chopping off what's incomplete and saying: 'Now, it's complete because it's ended here.'"
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Old 07-26-2018, 08:42 PM
 
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that would essentially defeat the purpose of all this time storing things.
Sunk cost fallacy.
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Old 07-27-2018, 05:46 AM
 
Location: East of the Mississippi and South of Bluegrass
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Dear OP, great advice here and I will only add my 2 cents...you're past the point of "in over your head with no return", cut your losses and get out from under it now.

Worse case scenario call Goodwill, Purple Heart Veterans and donate it ALL.

JMHO, try to have a good day. You may be surprised how great you're going to feel when you get this under control and off your back.
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Old 07-27-2018, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Unload it all. You can't have that many sentimental items that you can't part with. All them years in storage your furnishings will take on a smell of their own
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Old 07-27-2018, 06:37 AM
 
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Everytime the bills come around, I just wish I could get out of them. But I'm having no luck finding an apartment. Everywhere wants too much rent money upfront. I can't get ahold of a large enough lump sum of cash to make anything happen as far as getting into a new place.

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.
You need to decide, which of these things is more soul destroying? The lack of pride and independence of living with relatives, or getting rid of some belongings that you're too attached to and are causing you financial troubles?
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Old 07-27-2018, 07:26 AM
 
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I have an offer in on just such a house... packed to the brim... I don't mean you cannot walk but living space is fully furnished with tons of figurines... basement, shop, garage almost to the ceilings...

He passed away quickly from pancreatic cancer and she is at age 86 in severe depression because she is house rich and cash poor but cannot bear to part with anything.

I did offer 3 months no rent "Rent Back"... the Broker said mine is the only offer she is considering...

Plus anything left I would be free to "Enjoy"... notice I did not say dispose of.

She almost had a breakdown because prospective buyers said out loud what a mess... or filled with junk...

Could be why I have been fortunate acquiring property?
Oh wow. Good luck with that. I hope she doesn't leave you too much stuff to enjoy
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Old 07-27-2018, 07:27 AM
 
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That is what made me a minimalist, I run a storage and I have no belongings but my mother and my step father are hoarders, she has like 3 big storages filled with crap, and then 300 miles away she has 3 storages. My grandmother was a hoarder and we had to fill up about ten of those huge drop off containers to clear it all out......My grandmother and my grandfather spent 50 years doing nothing but going up and down Surfside beach hunting everything they could find. She had a plan where she was going to sell shells, imagine the shells she picked up over 50 years Dang I miss my grandparents!!
I like that you're a minimalist who runs a storage company. Which came first?
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