Self-storage solutions – Why hoard it when you can store it?

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So many of us are self-professed Pinterest junkies. We spend hours online looking at beautiful images of immaculately designed and decorated homes, wishing with all our might that ours looked the same. However, most of us are also low-key hoarders, and self-storage solutions like Mi-Storage may be the answer we were waiting for.

What is hoarding?

Though there are many scales to define the severity of hoarding, in a nutshell, it is a compulsive need to find, collect and keep items, regardless of their value or practicality. Hoarders have difficulty parting with any items they have collected; this practice comes with its own set of dangers, including injury to self and others, health-related issues and more.

Hoarding vs collecting

Generally speaking, collectors will have their possessions displayed, proudly showing off the items they have collected over the years. Whereas a hoarder’s collection is a bit more haphazard, there is no structure in their storage. What started as an innocent collection can also quickly become a jumble of undefined and unorganised items.

Self-storage solutions as the answer for hoarders

Mi-Storage is the largest self-storage facility in Africa, with state-of-the-art security, easy access and super friendly staff that can assist you in finding the right solution for your collected possessions.
As mentioned above, a hoarder has difficulty parting with their items. But this doesn’t have to be an issue that causes a hazard or strife in the family or marriage. With the correct self-storage solution, you can still keep the items you value and make life a little easier on yourself and those around you.

What can be stored in a self-storage facility?

There are many reasons people choose to use a self-storage facility, and there are just as many items that you can store. Think about what you have in your home that is in excess. You don’t have to throw it out; you can put it away in a storage unit, where you can easily access it when you want or need it. Our storage units also come in various sizes, which means you can get the right size to fit your needs.

The list of items is long, but here are some ideas of things you can store while you aren’t using them:

  • Camping and fishing gear
  • Clothes and toys that your children have outgrown
  • Household goods and furniture
  • Outdated paperwork
  • Tools
  • Books
  • Trailers and caravans
  • Cars or bikes that you want to refurbish
  • Old computer equipment
  • Sentimental or valuable collections

How to choose what to keep and what to store

Now that you have decided to use self-storage solutions to clear up your home, you may feel a bit overwhelmed by what comes next. Here’s a quick checklist to help you choose what to keep in your home and what to store.

  • Pick a time frame, let’s say six to 12 months. What items have you not used within that period? These items can be sorted and stored; chances are you won’t be needing them any time soon.
  • Do the things you have standing in your way bring happiness to your life? A beautifully curated bookshelf full of first edition copies of your favourite author may spark a lot of joy. Boxes full of unread books standing in the garage may be causing you distress because you can’t fit your car in. These can safely go to a storage facility for when you finally get around to building that new bookshelf.
  • Do you have one of everything, or perhaps three of everything? Do you really need five pot and pan sets when you are only a family of four? Choose your favourite set and put the rest in storage, so you have more cupboard space.
  • Do you have a cupboard full of sentimental or inherited items that you keep but never look at? Box them up safely and put them away for when you have the time to enjoy them.

How do I get from a messy home to a Pinterest-worthy abode with a self-storage solution?

You have now selected the self-storage solution that is right for you, and you know what items you are willing to move from your house into a secure unit. The following steps will help you get the job done without too much effort.

  • Firstly, and most importantly, pat yourself on the back.
  • Now, pick a day or two for you to spend sorting out what you have, what you need and what you can store.
  • Put on your favourite music and make it a special occasion.
  • Tackle one room at a time.
  • Sort items into three piles.
    • The first is what you will keep.
    • The second is what you will store.
    • The third is what you will throw out if you want to.
  • Dump the trash first. How great did that feel?
  • Now put back what you are going to keep.
  • Lastly, box up the items that you are going to store. Label the boxes for easy access.
  • Now you can load up freshly boxed-up haul and take it to your very own storage unit.

For more information on self-storage solutions available at Mi-Storage, feel free to contact us here.