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Old 07-23-2018, 11:23 PM
 
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Couple years ago, I had made the decision to pack up from my rented condo...and put everything I acquire over 5 years into an 8x10 storage while I traveled. My rent kept going up, and I wasn't making more money. At the time it seemed like a good idea.

After moving from my apartment, I moved 1,000 miles away with a friend, for about a year and a half. When the lease ended, I acquired the majority of the furnishings. Well, I didn't find a place because I didn't have inclination to stay. So, those things have also went into storage.

So you guessed it, I ended up getting a second storage unit...slightly larger: 10x15. This has been going on now since June of 2017. I pay $100 for one, $160 for the other. When adding late fees, it can be $20-40 more. Yes it's cheaper than renting, but it's really draining financially. I pay the dues by the 22nd and 5th each month.

The hardest part is the fact that each unit is 1,000 miles apart. I live at the moment an additional 700-1,800 miles away from each. I visit each unit about every 2-3 months, but one of them I've not visited since November last year...but it's climate controlled and indoors. The other is indoors but not climate controlled...but it's in Tennessee and so far I've not had issues with mold/mildew.

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.
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Old 07-24-2018, 04:41 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Couple years ago, I had made the decision to pack up from my rented condo
...and put everything I acquire over 5 years into an 8x10 storage while I traveled.

Selling the stuff isn't a desire for me ...
Get over it.
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Old 07-24-2018, 05:20 AM
 
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Couple years ago, I had made the decision to pack up from my rented condo...and put everything I acquire over 5 years into an 8x10 storage while I traveled. My rent kept going up, and I wasn't making more money. At the time it seemed like a good idea.

After moving from my apartment, I moved 1,000 miles away with a friend, for about a year and a half. When the lease ended, I acquired the majority of the furnishings. Well, I didn't find a place because I didn't have inclination to stay. So, those things have also went into storage.

So you guessed it, I ended up getting a second storage unit...slightly larger: 10x15. This has been going on now since June of 2017. I pay $100 for one, $160 for the other. When adding late fees, it can be $20-40 more. Yes it's cheaper than renting, but it's really draining financially. I pay the dues by the 22nd and 5th each month.

The hardest part is the fact that each unit is 1,000 miles apart. I live at the moment an additional 700-1,800 miles away from each. I visit each unit about every 2-3 months, but one of them I've not visited since November last year...but it's climate controlled and indoors. The other is indoors but not climate controlled...but it's in Tennessee and so far I've not had issues with mold/mildew.

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 have a 10x15 AND an 8x10 worth of stuff that is essential? I find that hard to believe. That is a lot of stuff. Plus, the cost to get both storage units cleared when you find a place will be astronomical. You need to sell/donate the stuff in one place. If you donít even have enough money for a deposit now, what makes you think youíre going to have money to get stuff out of two storage units 1000 miles apart. This makes no sense.
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:14 AM
 
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You may be surprised about how that stuff looks and works after years in self storage.
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Central Connecticut
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If that stuff was essential, it would be in use instead of in storage. Just get rid of it. You'd feel so much better without the stuff and the fees.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:11 AM
 
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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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Old 07-24-2018, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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If that stuff was essential, it would be in use instead of in storage. Just get rid of it. You'd feel so much better without the stuff and the fees.
That's what I was thinking. Get rid of everything.

If some of the things are family heirlooms see if a relative wants them or will store them for you (for free). I would only ask a relative, to store something, if it was something small and extra special.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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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

$3,380 to date, by my estimate.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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You may be surprised about how that stuff looks and works after years in self storage.
Good point.
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Old 07-24-2018, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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If that stuff was essential, it would be in use instead of in storage. Just get rid of it. You'd feel so much better without the stuff and the fees.
Exactly. By definition, it's not essential or you would not survive with it being in a storage unit hundreds of miles from where you are.
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