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(2,613 posts)
Sat May 11, 2024, 07:10 AM May 11

Yahooooo...I'm storage less!

This discussion thread was locked as off-topic by GP6971 (a host of the General Discussion forum).

I finally cleared out the last of my stored crap. I've kept a storage unit since 1997. At one time it contained the combined households of myself, my sister, and my mother who passed in 2003.

A wonderful friend of mine who died from cancer held on long enough to clear out his storage units before he passed in 2017. He didn't want to leave the burden of them to his family.

I don't want to either, so that at least is taken care of. Being older and in bad health can set a fire under oneself.

Sunday...the yard sale.

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Yahooooo...I'm storage less! (Original Post) revmclaren May 11 OP
Inspiration for us! GreenWave May 11 #1
I had a storage unit when I was in an apartment 15 years ago Shermann May 11 #2
storage is awful when owner dies kiri May 11 #5
Sounds like Storage Wars Shermann May 11 #8
That is a horrible story NJCher May 11 #19
We all have too much $h!t Envirogal May 11 #9
We cleared out 2 storage units when we moved six months ago. brer cat May 11 #3
Back in the early 90s multigraincracker May 11 #4
Pet mouse as a free bonus! nt Shermann May 11 #10
I don't have to go to public storage NJCher May 11 #18
Good luck on the yard sale! AltairIV May 11 #6
Congratulations! May the yard sale be very fruitful! niyad May 11 #7
I'm pretty minimalist & all paperwork in place. Joinfortmill May 11 #11
My biggest project coming out of this is shredding revmclaren May 11 #12
I did that, twice, with no shredder. Huge job.... Joinfortmill May 11 #20
revmclaren......... Upthevibe May 11 #13
While sorting thru stuff, did you find Rosebud? FailureToCommunicate May 11 #14
What a tremendous accomplishment! bleedingulcers May 11 #15
When we moved to Senior Living in September of 2022... ProudMNDemocrat May 11 #16
A friend had a storage unit Old Crank May 11 #17
Locking per Host Consensus. GP6971 May 11 #21


(7,841 posts)
1. Inspiration for us!
Sat May 11, 2024, 07:11 AM
May 11


(7,773 posts)
2. I had a storage unit when I was in an apartment 15 years ago
Sat May 11, 2024, 07:18 AM
May 11

I think I paid more in rent on it over the year and a half than the items were worth.

Sell that shit!


(825 posts)
5. storage is awful when owner dies
Sat May 11, 2024, 08:09 AM
May 11

Public Storage in NJ ripped us off for $24,000+

My brother was a pack rat and had 3 big units, but died suddenly without a will or anything. It was the height of the Covid pandemic---NJ barred out-of-state visitors from entering--even with a death certificate.

Public storage refused to help us, throwing up roadblocks, in fact kept raising the rates and fees. PS refused to let us show our credentials here to a local office for verification, insisting we had to to drive 7 hrs to NJ to their office to see if our bonafides were accepted! PS refused to accept notarized docs by mail, insisted on "in person".

Should we abandon it all or get to see if there was anything of value, $ or family?
Eventually, after 3 yrs we were able to gain entry, with a bolt cutter. Took lawyers.

We drove down and spent 4 days! sorting, getting help from recyclers, and throwing out 90%. Goodwill/Salvation refused everything. Landfill fees alone came to $900.

This cost $3000 directly to our helpers, about $6000 overall , but got us out of a $1000/mo Public Storage ripoff.

A horrible experience.


(7,773 posts)
8. Sounds like Storage Wars
Sat May 11, 2024, 08:45 AM
May 11

Apparently, you had the option to just walk away but bet your chips in order to see the cards. That's a tough call.


(36,545 posts)
19. That is a horrible story
Sat May 11, 2024, 10:08 AM
May 11

I wish you’d have posted about it because I live in nj, know the court system and the laws well, and I would have helped you.

Rip offs of estates are common and I’ve been the victim of one myself, fighting a crooked lawyer in Illinois. I won’t say I won but I stopped the bleeding. Took him through the state’s process. I have a legal binder 3” thick from that.

That is why we all need wills plus a plan. Two sign offs on a check; that sort of thing.


(93 posts)
9. We all have too much $h!t
Sat May 11, 2024, 09:00 AM
May 11

Paying to store excess stuff long term ends up costing way more than it’s worth…and the stress of it hovers over our brains knowing we have to “scale down” eventually.

I have quit buying so much crap that I used to and adopting minimalism has really helped me in so many ways—cleaner home with less clutter, clearing up mental anxiety, less stress, and saved money. There are so many ways now to thrift, share or repurpose what already exists that contributing to the US capitalism of overproduction, excess, and expense (credit card interest) is largely unnecessary.

Ben Franklin famously said, “a penny saved is a penny earned”.

brer cat

(25,190 posts)
3. We cleared out 2 storage units when we moved six months ago.
Sat May 11, 2024, 07:24 AM
May 11

It was a great feeling to see them empty!


(33,222 posts)
4. Back in the early 90s
Sat May 11, 2024, 07:45 AM
May 11

I use to purchase units at action.
Amazing what I found in them.
One time I had loaded a unit into my truck and was headed home when a little mouse ran across my dash. Guess he was included with the rest of the stuff. After that, I was very cautious about what I brought into the house.


(7,773 posts)
10. Pet mouse as a free bonus! nt
Sat May 11, 2024, 09:03 AM
May 11


(36,545 posts)
18. I don't have to go to public storage
Sat May 11, 2024, 09:58 AM
May 11

For a mouse. My cat brings them in his kitty door, free of charge.

He’s real proud of himself for that, too. Struts around like “I’m the man!”

Anyway, I’m not sure I’d survive one running across my dash! Very funny story.


(462 posts)
6. Good luck on the yard sale!
Sat May 11, 2024, 08:18 AM
May 11


(116,196 posts)
7. Congratulations! May the yard sale be very fruitful!
Sat May 11, 2024, 08:19 AM
May 11


(15,235 posts)
11. I'm pretty minimalist & all paperwork in place.
Sat May 11, 2024, 09:04 AM
May 11

Very little for the kids to do. Last thing I'm contemplating is whether to donate my body to science. Not sure why, but can't quite get to yes on that.


(2,613 posts)
12. My biggest project coming out of this is shredding
Sat May 11, 2024, 09:13 AM
May 11

all my legal and personal documents. We live in a complex where people dig through the garbage to get whatever they can to make some money. And unfortunately I have saved hundreds of pay slips, work and government documents that in the past included a person's full S.S. number.

It's a good shredder but I'll probably end up with 4 large garbage bags of confetti.


(15,235 posts)
20. I did that, twice, with no shredder. Huge job....
Sat May 11, 2024, 10:21 AM
May 11

I tore everything into small pieces. I put aside anything with my SS# and flushed those small pieces down the toilet. In retrospect, a shredder would have been much easier. Lol.


(8,403 posts)
13. revmclaren.........
Sat May 11, 2024, 09:20 AM
May 11


I know what a relief that is..........Hope the yard sale goes well.


(14,140 posts)
14. While sorting thru stuff, did you find Rosebud?
Sat May 11, 2024, 09:24 AM
May 11

When I tried it, I found too many "Rosebuds" and stopped sorting.

(Clearly I need an intervention to make it happen.)


(51 posts)
15. What a tremendous accomplishment!
Sat May 11, 2024, 09:30 AM
May 11

I can empathize with how hard this was, and how much you had to work to get it finished! You have every right to be enormously proud of this...


(17,423 posts)
16. When we moved to Senior Living in September of 2022...
Sat May 11, 2024, 09:48 AM
May 11

I spent 5 months cleaning out my house of unused Books, CDs, Movies, clothes, household goods, decorations, furniture, fabrics, patterns, usable household items, and junk that compiled over 40 plus years. What we kept would be needed for our new living space.

Living with LESS is more! We even have our Funeral arrangements paid for now! LESS for our children to worry about!

Old Crank

(3,997 posts)
17. A friend had a storage unit
Sat May 11, 2024, 09:54 AM
May 11

For three to four monrths. During the sale of his house and buying a new one. That process helped as a partial declutter to get into the large unit. A good way to use a unit.
A brother in law wanted to store his tools in a storage unit. Mostly hand tools. That way he would be able to get them easily. I asked what the cost per month would be, around $150. $1800 per year. I said, keep a base set that you can carry around. Then rent as needed. You can rent a lot of tools for $1800, and increasing yearly.


(31,731 posts)
21. Locking per Host Consensus.
Sat May 11, 2024, 11:20 AM
May 11

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