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Simple Challenge – Week 1

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After doing some space thinking last week I wanted to hit an… issue.

One of those things that we all know goes on, but we think it isn’t that big of a deal

…but it is

…it is a ‘deal’, and it makes so little sense.

So this week the Simple Challenge is to fix it.

Ready to do some cleaning out and simplifying?

Clear out the Storage Unit

um, so I really don’t understand the storage unit but I know it is very common.  It seems to be a place where we pay someone (monthly) to protect our stuff.

 … the stuff that isn’t important enough to be in our house and we don’t use enough to have close to us.

.. and if it was really important it would be in a safety deposit box.

So what that really leaves is

… paying someone (monthly) to keep our junk so we don’t have to part with it.

Sounds harsh, but I can’t figure it out any other way.

I have heard it referred to as a ‘recession proof business’ and these ugly garage looking buildings are popping up everywhere.

…so at a time when people have less money and there are less jobs the last thing people want to do is get rid of their stuff.

Maybe it is just me, but it doesn’t seem like anything that valuable is in the storage units.  People pay $500-$3000 per year.  Is the stuff in the storage unit worth what is paid per year.   What about the 2 or 3 years or more people keep units?

I can think of a lot of other things to do with that kind of money.

Simple Challenge #1

If you have a storage unit… do you really need it? Can you figure out how to cut back, sort out, and eliminate this monthly cost?

Simple Challenge #2

Do you have a storage unit that you don’t know about?  

Do you have areas of your house that haven’t been looked at for 6 months (or more) that are costing you rent/mortgage/utilities?  Just because the ‘storage unit’ is part of your house doesn’t mean it is cost effective.

If you are paying for a house/apartment that is bigger than you need, and you just have ‘stuff’ stacked up in the extra space,  you may be wasting just as much (or more) money.

If you are paying for the house space you should be able to use it for living and enjoying. 

Can you reclaim a ‘storage unit’ part of your house this week?  Maybe turn it into an area you can use and enjoy?

Good luck!


  1. My dad made a good point to me once, when I got married and we were trying to decide whether or not to get rid of the storage unit my husband had – how much is that stuff worth, anyway? For what you pay for it in a year, you could replace all of it with something new! Of course, if we actually needed it, it would be locked up in a storage unit 15 minutes away. 🙂 We haven’t missed any of that junk!

  2. Melissa Melissa

    When I moved from California to Texas, my mom set me up with one of the storage pods. It cost me $130 per month. It stayed in California for 2 and a half years. When I finally decided to move it to Texas, it cost me $3000. I don’t think I kept anything from the storage pod after I cleaned it out. In total, the pod cost me $7000. My brain is crying just thinking about it.

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