Did Your Adult Kids Leave Their Stuff Behind?

Posted on: 28 May 2020

Do you have a problem with too much stuff in your house? Maybe the reason for that is that your adult kids have left things behind as they have left for places like college or their first apartment. Have you already decided what you are going to do with all of the kid's belongings? If you're still looking for help on what to do, keep reading for some suggestions that might help.

First Things First

Consider setting a time for your adult kids to go through their belongings to see what they don't actually want anymore. For example, will they be home at any time during this summer? Maybe they have promised to be home for the 4th of July or for Labor Day. Let them know that time will be set aside for them to organize their belongings. Have sturdy, see-through plastic containers available for things that are being kept, and arrange for delivery to a charity organization for things your kids no longer want.  

Rent A Long-term Storage Unit

While it would be nice to just rent a short-term storage unit, that's probably not practical. After all, if your kids are at college, they won't be able to settle down until graduation, and maybe even beyond that. If one or more of your adult children is in an apartment, realistically, that probably won't change for a while. 

With that in mind, your best bet will probably be to rent a long term storage facility. Fortunately, the rental fees will probably be a lot more affordable than you thought they would be. You and your kids can have the peace of mind that their belongings will be safe because there is often twenty-four-hour surveillance. In addition, the storage unit can be climate controlled.

If your kids' stuff doesn't take up all of the space in the rental unit, consider putting some of your own things in storage, too. For instance, holiday decorations and off-season clothes could be stored in the facility. Maybe you have camping gear and fishing gear that is just taking up space in your attic. Think of storing those things too. Even things like canoes, water skis, and tents can be stored safely. 

Make a list of everything you store. That might turn out to be very helpful when you can't find something in your home. Having the list will remind you that the item you're trying to find is in the storage unit. 

Contact a long-term storage facility to learn more.