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Store It Or Trash It?

In today’s world, products are not meant to be bought and then used for decades. Instead, upgrading is the name of the game. Whether it’s the latest smartphone, computer, or numerous other items, many people own more stuff than they planned on as the years go by. At some point, you reach your breaking point and decide it’s time to look over everything and store it or trash it. In these situations, there are not only some questions you’ll need to consider, but also how renting a self-storage unit from Proguard could help ease the clutter.

Trash and Treasure

As you’ve likely heard many times, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Therefore, before you decide to simply trash an item, give some thought to selling it. Whether you post an ad on eBay, Amazon, or elsewhere, chances are there will be someone in this big world of ours who will be willing to buy your item. If you go through your stuff and find you’ve got quite a bit to sell, storing it with Proguard can be a great way to get it out of your way while still keeping it safe and secure.

Trading and Consignment

In some situations, you may find trading certain items or placing them on consignment with a retailer will be your best bet. Trading, also known as bartering, is a good way to get something you want when you may not have the money to pay for it. Likewise, the other person also gets something they want or need, making it a win-win situation. If you place items on consignment, you may not make as much money or sell them as quickly, but you’ll free up your time to do other things while someone else does the selling for you.

Rent Out Your Stuff

If you think there’s no way anyone would want to pay you to rent out your old lawnmower, vacuum cleaner, or various other items, think again. A booming industry, you could find yourself being in possession of many high-demand items. By being a bit creative, you may find you’ll need at least one or two self-storage units from Proguard to store everything you’re renting out to people across Houston.

What Makes its Way to the Trash Pile?

Before you start selling, trading, consigning, and renting out whatever extra stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, you should always stop and ask yourself some hard questions. The first of these is if a fire occurred, would this be something you would immediately grab and take with you? While this question usually applies to things of sentimental value, it can also apply to other items such as clothing and books, which you may be able to sell. Thus, if an item does not seem that important to you, is in very poor condition, or is something you know will just set around and collect dust, send it to the trash pile.

Cutting Back and Cutting Loose

When you are pouring over your stuff to see what needs to be trashed or placed in storage, especially look at things you know in your heart you can cut back on, such as clothing. Once you start looking around, you’ll find plenty of articles of clothing that could be placed in storage until you sell them online or in a consignment shop. Also, you’ve probably got a DVD collection that has gone by the wayside in favor of Netflix or other streaming services. After looking over everything and doing some calculations, you may find cutting back will allow you to cut loose with the money you’ll make from selling your stuff.

The Advantages of Using Self-Storage

If you are wondering why you should consider using a self-storage facility such as Proguard to store your items, there are many good reasons. To begin with, Proguard has seven locations in and around the greater Houston area, ensuring you will have a facility nearby where you can easily store and retrieve your stuff. Along with this, all of Proguard’s self-storage units are climate-controlled, meaning you can store virtually anything you want and know it will stay in excellent shape until it is needed. Finally, our self-storage units are very affordable as well as secure. Since you will be the only person possessing a key to your storage unit, you’ll have peace of mind.

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