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Apr 19
Last Updated on 29 April 2019

Storage and Moving Needs

Moving out of one residence and into another is a typical project in most people’s lives, and the average American may move as many as 10-12 times in his or her life. Local movers can be hired to help with this, and long distance moving companies may also be hired if someone is moving to an entirely new state or region. A related topic is long term storage, since such long term storage means relocating many of one’s possessions to another address. There is some overlap here, since long term storage units may be put to use if a person doesn’t have enough room in their new residence for all of their belongings. And even if someone isn’t moving out of their residence, these long term storage units can be quite helpful. The moving and cataloging of one’s possessions is where moving and long term storage overlap. How can this be handled for maximum effect?

Moving Out One context to consider is when a household is moving out of an apartment or house and into another one that is not significantly larger. In this case, the household may want to trim away the inventory, since the typical American house has an impressive 300,000 items in it. These range from pieces of furniture and books to electronic devices, cutlery and plates in the kitchen, articles of clothing, kids' toys, and more. Moving means packing up and relocating all items in the household, but this process can be made easier if the moving family trim down the total. Not all items in a typical house are being used or are even desired, and many households suffer from stressful clutter and excesses. Many Americans report losing a lot of their possessions simply due to confusing and excessive clutter in their house. This can be changed, however.

When moving, the family may donate, throw away, or recycle whatever they don’t want to bring with them. This can be done by room or even by category, since one category of items may be found across multiple rooms. Clothes are a good example of this, and many Americans may not even realize how many clothes they really own. Rather, they can gather up all of the clothing that they own from across the home and form a comprehensive inventory in one spot. The homeowners may sort through all of this and determine what they really want to keep, and the clothes that they don’t want. The excess clothes can simply be packed into bags or boxes and sent to local charity donations sites, rather than thrown away. Charity sites are common in the United States and are nearly always open.

The same can be done for other items such as cookware or plates, books, DVDs, kids’ toys, and even cosmetic items or novelty items. All of these item may be sold in a garage sale or donated somewhere. But some items may an exception, such as furniture, or even a vehicle such as a motorcycle or car. These are not so casually sold in garage sales, and the owner might want to keep them. This is where long term storage can be helpful.


A person who needs to store large items outside the home may consult local long term storage units and their staff for their needs. Such facilities can be found online, and many may be close to the homeowner’s current (or future, in the case of moving) residence. These facilities may be visited in person so that the client can be sure that they’re satisfied with what it has to offer, and that includes price for storage, space, and security. Many storage sites will have a parking lot where cars and trucks, RVs, or even boats on trailers may be stored as long as needed. Meanwhile, other items are stored inside one-story buildings that have garage-like rooms, complete with rolling metal doors and combination locks on them. The client will want to check the level of security offered, such as tough fences free of holes or damage, brick walls, security cameras, and possibly even armed guards on the premises. If the long term storage site is conveniently close and secure, then someone who’s moving out may store some excess furniture or vehicles there for their convenience.


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