Week 44: I have a confession to make

I was planning to share my finally finished bookshelf but then I decided I needed to make a confession after reading Laura’s post today, entitled¬†Shoving things behind your couch is not dealing with your clutter.

So.

Here it is…

Can you tell what it is?

It’s an extra 50 square feet.

Yep, a storage unit.

I never thought I would be one of those people.

I looked down on the practice as a waste of money and not learning to live with the space you have.

I still sort of think those things, but I also have some other thoughts:

  • We are living in a small apartment (640 square feet).
  • We have no attic.
  • We have no basement.
  • We have no garage*

(*Well, the building does but we’re not supposed to put things in it).

We’re tired of spending so much time and energy trying to fit too much stuff in too little space. We want to use our apartment for living, not for storing. Don’t get me wrong, we are still purging, but we’re spending a little money so we can spend less time and energy. For now, it’s working for us.

Some examples of what we’ve stored so far:

  • Beach items
  • Christmas decorations
  • Extra dining table for large sit-down meals
  • A couple pieces of furniture we love that don’t fit our current space but are discontinued
  • Items we only use a couple times a year, like the huge suitcase in the photo above

My thought is that we’re either going to end up purging most of the things we don’t need OR turning it into a seasonal storage where we can swap out actively used items for those that we won’t need for a while.

What do you think of our decision?