This is another organization post. How do I deal with the sheer volume of stuff that is part of my business as well as the sheer volume of stuff that was left from parents downsizing and the sheer volume of stuff we already had that we still love and can't find space for in the house?
I was reading Sweet Tea's post - The Need to Know (Monday) where she was thinking about and questioning the why of renting storage. She wrote (a direct copy of her questions)
Today I’m wondering why so many storage unit facilities are being built all around town. Who uses these things? And, what the heck are they storing in these units? Are the units mainly used by businesses or rather by individuals? Do you use them? Maybe I need one and I don’t even know it!
Sweet Tea's post engendered a great many comments and you can check them out on her blog (direct link above).
|Winter wonderland view of my lovely sheds|
I have two sheds linked with a four foot space between. Added a 10x24 ft deck, roofed the entire group. Its packed. I figured that the cost of building would be less than two years of renting space and everything is in my back yard so I can deal with stuff a box at a time. Who knew that 5 years later it would still be packed and I haven't dealt with everything, more stuff keeps getting added. I will say that I do run a reselling business and about 70 percent of the stuff business related. I have been doing the will it sell, then sell it, do I love it, donate it and bin it and have taken 3 van loads to the dump this year, two van loads donated and so it goes.
My goal is to turn one 10 x 12 wired/lighted shed into a workshop. It is already insulated, and I had it wired for the table saw as well as separate circuit plugs, and have florescent fixtures as well.
I read the many responses to Sweet Tea's questions on her blog. Obviously a very interesting topic. Answers ranged from would never use a storage unit, give stuff away to moving, have to store to inherited, blending family, small living quarters and more. Some discussion on the TV reality show Storage Wars.
How are you dealing with the overflow from your own homes? Do you let it go, donate, bin, sell, give away or pile it high?
After watching several episodes of the reality TV show The Hoarders I find I am letting some things go much faster than previously, especially paper (shredded), recycled and donated (magazines/books). I feel comfortable donating/discarding things that are mine and that I long longer use or enjoy. I do not donate/discard things that belong to other adult family members. DGS and I go through his outgrown toys/clothes/books and he decides what items to give away.
Another on-going organization basic - keep, donate, bin.
The 'keep' items need to have their own storage area and that is part of the ongoing work I am doing this year (see previous January Organization posts here, here, here, here, here).