A Little Philosophy: Give it up!

The only thing more valuable than our possessions is the cost of storing them when they are no longer needed.

When our old possessions become a burden, we smother our desires and dull our future. Who wants to get excited about new things if there is no place to put them?

Our clutter is the gold behind the self-storage industry’s annual $38-billion earnings, according to a March 2019 article on SpareFoot.com. A 2017 study by the SSA Self Storage Association indicates that 9.4% of American households rent storage lockers with their average monthly costs shown in the following table:

Think of it! Unneeded and often forgotten cast-offs stored in a 10×10 square foot container can cost almost $1,200 a year, if not a lot more.

Many storage containers hold possessions owned by downsizing Baby Boomers who cannot emotionally part with their things. Others are filled with out-of-date stuff (often inherited) that owners believe is valuable but can’t stand to use.

What often happens to old, stored discards? On top of storage fees, garage and attic cleaning services add to the cost of hauling it away. While some of this trash might be re-sold, most goes into garbage dumps.

I’m sorry, but most people do not want inherited stuff. The New York Times wrote “Aging Parents With Lots of Stuff, and Children Who Don’t Want It” in August, 2017. A simple Google search reveals that this is a popular subject.

Once the idea of “being thrifty” was defined by saving seemingly useful things. Today, the phrase “give it up” better describes a true money-saving habit. When we no longer need to pay for storage, feel cramped in our homes, or spend time dusting, we can rest easy, not burden others, and even release the space so we can invest in new things.

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Article by Karen Little, first published for Littleviews.com on August 1, 2019, all rights reserved by Karen Little and Littleviews. You may re-publish this article in a non-commercial site with permission from Karen.

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