You know the old expression the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the next best time is today? It refers to the inescapable fact that it would almost certainly have been better to have already done the work that will pay off, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it now. Before you go and invest heavily in your nephew’s .com, that bubble has thoroughly burst, there are things that require your attention as it currently stands. Things like organizing the disaster zone you call your storage unit. If you know I am talking about your unit, there is a handy guide right here. If you aren’t sure that I am talking about your unit, let’s go into a few ways to know the time has come for a little up-keep.
YOU HAVE TO PSYCH YOURSELF UP FOR THE TRIP
When you must get yourself mentally and physically ready to visit the storage unit, there is something wrong. That feeling of existential dread upon arriving should not come to mind. When you want to pull your holiday decorations out of long term storage, the last thing you should have to do is get over the hurdle that you put in place to hide your failure.
WHEN YOU GET THERE, YOU CAN’T FIND ANYTHING
This should come as more of a first sign, but the real first step is getting to the unit. If you must schedule an entire day to looking through your storage unit, and you know that’s still a crunch, it is time to re-evaluate your system. More likely we need to create a system, which is in many ways easier than fixing a broken system. So good on you for giving us a mostly clean slate to work with.
HALF YOUR UNIT TUMBLES OUT WHEN THE DOOR IS OPEN
I know that this will come as a shock, but that door is not meant to be load bearing. Truth be known, I don’t think any door is really meant to be load bearing. If the only thing keeping your possessions securely within the unit is the unyielding will of that door, I have some news for you. That’s the source of your existential dread; you know that the moment you visit, you will have a mess to clean and you don’t want to give yourself the chore.
YOU CAN’T ACTUALLY GET TO THE STUFF YOU NEED
Here are the cold hard facts, you need those tax documents and records that you stored at the back of the unit. Tucked between the refrigerator and the wall, I’m sure it seemed like a great idea at the time. Fact is that while that might be a perfectly secure location, it is entirely inaccessible and is making your life into a waking nightmare. I don’t want that for you, you don’t want that for you. Let’s take the steps necessary to fix that problem, shall we?
EVERYTHING IS COVERED IN DUST
I get it, you aren’t visiting every week, and things get dusty. That’s just the way of things. Time passes, and dust collects. Every time you visit, you promise that the next time you’ll do a proper scrub down and take the time to eliminate the dust. But you don’t. Maybe you remembered the cleaner, but you forgot the rags. Maybe you remembered both, but you had to be somewhere in a couple hours. Whatever the reason is, you have put it off, now there’s five years of dust and it’s a daunting task.