Travel the World or Pay Storage Company?
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
Gay Gasser is the owner of Mirth In A Box, a company that sells a wide variety fun and unique novelty gift boxes. Learn more at mirthinabox.com.