That’s what I wish I could yell at the end of my upcoming TEDxCharlottesville Talk. But, it just doesn’t work. 🙂
But honestly, it’s one of the top tips I give to aspiring minimalists. Storage always seems like a good idea in the midst of moving, especially when transitioning to another state. (Which is actually the worst reason to use storage. I’m more in support of using local storage because you can access it easily.)
Why do I want to scream, “Just say ‘no’ to storage!” at the end of my TEDxTalk? Because I know too well how that story ends. In fact, I’m in the final chapter right now. Yup! Even though I have downsized my entire life, there’s a facility in Florida that is storing things I owned in law school. Pretty sure there’s a whole couch with a matching baby recliner in there. And my baby is now sixteen years old.
The problem? Making the time and spending money to travel back to get things you don’t even remember let alone need. Storing items for a few bucks/month sounds good in theory. Until those months turn into years. And with passing day, you care less and less about what you left behind. Think about it–if those things were really that important, you would have found a way to squeeze them into your car or moving truck.
Earlier this year, I set a goal to have everything out of storage by the end of the year. And now, it’s November. *insert real tears* I mean, what sounds more exciting–planning a New Year’s trip Ghana or planning a trip to get rid of my storage facility? Exactly. You don’t want to find yourself in this situation. So, just say ‘no’ to storage, okay? 🙂