“…but I might need it someday.”

photo of messy garage
This is a sentiment I hear often – and there is merit to it sometimes. We all know that many items aren’t manufactured with the same quality that was considered standard a generation ago – and that aren’t replaceable in today’s market should the original be given away or sold. There’s even a defensible reason to keep a duplicate of some possessions. But I’ve seen many cases where clients are hesitant to let things go, even when these belongings are easily replaceable and take up valuable storage space – sometimes even paid-for storage. (Remember: I never pressure people to let things go – but I support them in doing so when it’s advantageous.) I encounter a fair number of storage unit situations that are essentially upside down or underwater – where the rent on the unit(s) exceeds, over time, the value of the contents.

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