Travel the World or Pay Storage Company?

I have always contended that outside storage can be a huge waste of money. I received this letter from a fellow blogger, who serves up a hefty helping of further evidence. Enjoy.

Dear Matt,

Have you ever used a storage company? Have you ever had the fees automatically debited from your credit card? Well I have. At the time it seemed like a good idea. My mother lived and died in Ohio. I was living in Connecticut. For almost a year I spent a week each month in Ohio flying trying to put everything in order (she was disorganization personified). When a buyer for her condo wanted to move in immediately, I quickly had all my mother’s remaining belongings carted off to a storage facility. I planned to go through those things at my leisure. And then I never did!

A decade later the storage company changed their billing policy. They now want one year of fees paid in advance. $1595.00! Holy Cow! Yes, they did raise the rates incrementally over the past ten years but I’ve shelled out close to $15,000.00 for 4 tin walls and roof to guard some furniture I’ll never use and a few boxes of papers.

Here’s what I could have done with the money:

  • Taken my entire family on an African safari for 2 weeks
  • Flown first class to Iceland with my husband and stayed in a darn nice hotel.
  • Bought 2 brand new dirt bikes.
  • Donated the money to Mill River Wetland Committee
  • Driven cross-country with a friend and seen the Grand Canyon
  • Hiked the Inca trail
  • Gone to Costa Rica and learned how to surf.
  • Build a potting shed in my backyard.

I am only telling you this Matt because your hair is already grey and now that I have revealed my deep dark secret to you, I plan to clean that place out ASAP!

Damn! I will never doubt the value of a professional organizer! Look for a few post cards in the upcoming decade!

A Reader of Your Blog Who Had an ‘AHHA’ Moment,

S. G. Gasser

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