Hoard Without Being a Hoarder
The longer you live, the more stuff you tend to accumulate. Whether you collect mementos and keepsakes, or even collectibles, whether you have an overflowing closet full of clothes or boxes and boxes of paperwork, you can be sure that your piles of stuff will only grow as you get older. But part of the problem is that, while your belongings accumulate, you can't always move into bigger and bigger apartments to accommodate all of your stuff. When you reach a breaking point and you simply can't stuff any more stuff into your home, it might be time to consider storage services.
Most major urban areas are riddled with storage services. People will always need places to keep their stuff. You're bound to find a few options that are within an easy distance of your home. This will allow you easy access to get to your things if the need ever arises. You may not have room for them in your home, but the whole point of storing them instead of throwing them away is so that you can get them if you need to. Storage makes it possible for you to keep things that are important to you without becoming an actual hoarder.
Deciding to get a storage space is the easy part. Choosing which of the many storage services in your area to use is where it starts to get difficult. You may be tempted to go with the place that offers you the best price on the space you need, but don't be fooled: many cheaper places offer sub-par storage units that may end up damaging whatever you put in there. Before renting a storage space from anyone, first make sure that you check out the facility yourself, and be on the lookout for any roof leaks or signs of vandalism. The storage company should provide a clean, dry, and temperature-controlled facilit that is 24/7 security monitorized.
Some storage services will offer you deals if you sign storage contracts for an extended period of time. If you know that your storage situation isn't temporary, then you can use this to your advantage and sign for a longer time at a lower rate. But if you're not sure, or if you know that the situation isn't permanent, then you can certainly try out a storage unit for a short amount of time, like three months or so, to see whether or not keeping your things in storage is the right solution for you.