About 14 years ago, my husband and I moved into the house in which his grandparents lived, and he had inherited after his grandparents died. The house was full of furniture, antiques, lamps, and knick-knacks that were neither my nor my husband's style. My father-in-law was adamant about not selling or giving away anything that was in the house. (He had had a very poor relationship with his parents and was convinced some of the things were "worth a fortune.") We did not want our relationship with him to further deteriorate, so to keep peace in the family, we chose not to sell or give away any of the items. My father-in-law did not want them in his house, and my husband and I wanted our own things in our home, so we ended up renting a storage unit for the unwanted items.
In December of 2005, my father-in-law fell, sustained a head injury, and is now incapacitated. We were finally able to have a sale of the items that had been in his parents' house, as well as other things he'd bought and collected over the years, without his interference, and we needed some extra cash to deal with the bills he incurred.
As we gathered the items for the sale, I reflected on the ease of obtaining storage (there are countless storage units in large towns, and even in our tiny town there are several!) and what this meant for our family.
I realize that sometimes storage is a convenient option for items that aren't needed "right now" or for unwanted items. However, before putting items in storage, I encourage people to think about the hidden costs of storage.
Shelly Burke, RN, is the author of Home is Where the Mom Is. Home is Where the Mom Is is the most comprehensive resource for all moms, especially at-home moms. The above article is an excerpt from Home is Where the Mom Is. Shelly believes moms need to care for themselves, first, so they can better care for those around them. To read an excerpt of Home is Where the Mom Is, go to shellyburke.net.
Shelly's next book, What Should I Say? is also available.
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