Retirement Problems: Making Room for the Future

Getting old is not fun, or I guess seeing as I am still young and vital, it does not look fun. It did when I was a kid. You could buy all the candy you want, but when you get to that age you don’t really want candy. The irony is sweet, like the candy I used to crave. The worst part though is that when you get to retirement age, or older, you realize you don’t really need a five-bedroom house. Kids are only coming home for the holidays, and their rooms are otherwise sitting empty and unused. Something you might want to do is transform their bedrooms into usable work spaces, but store their bedroom stuff elsewhere . But where to begin with selecting a unit? Worry not, dear reader, for I will help guide you on this process to make sure you get exactly what you need.

What Needs to Be Stored?

Couple unpacking plates

Before thinking about size of units or amenities, ask what it is that you plan to store. You don’t want or need a 5×10 unit if you are only storing a small closet’s worth of clothes. I know that sounds obvious, but it is important not to overlook what you need. Be sure that at a minimum you get what you need. Most self-storage places are month-to-month rentals, and so if you find you need to move to a larger unit after some time, you can.

How Long Will These Things Be Stored?


If you’re going to be storing these things for a long time, it makes a lot of sense to make sure the environment in the unit is constant year-round. The best way to do that is to get a climate controlled unit. Doing so will prevent mold and mildew formation through temperature and humidity fluctuations – this is especially important if you don’t visit often to check on your things.

Are the Things Heavy?

climate controlled self storage units

Remember you aren’t young anymore, so when things hurt they really hurt. The last thing you want is to lug a bed, a couch, or really any heavy furniture half-way across the complex. Not just because of the risk of injury, but because if you must do that now, you’ll have to do that when it leaves storage too. You might want to look for drive-up access units. That way you can get as close humanly possible to the unit, and then unload directly into the unit. It might cost you a little more, but it is absolutely an amenity that is well worth it at every stage.

When Do You Want to Load/Unload?

The last thing you should look for in a unit and a facility are access hours, and that’s because they are consistent across complexes. Some facilities offer 24-hour access, and if that’s something you really need that might also be an additional fee.

Retirement is a great period, it’s like a permanent summer vacation from childhood. Except you have bills still, and you can’t as easily round up neighbors to go explore the creek. But you have all the time in the world to do whatever you want, take on some home renovation projects, learn to cook, take up some new hobbies. You have a lot of space now, so take advantage of it for yourself.

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