Death Cleaning: How Self-Storage Can Help

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As we get older, we begin to accumulate things. Whether it’s a compulsive hoarding habit, or just procrastination of proper cleanout, the older we get, the more possessions we have.  It’s not something anybody thinks about – until there’s a death in the family. Once that happens, all that clutter needs to go somewhere.

Death Cleaning

The Sweedish have a word: dostadning.  The literal translation is “death-cleaning.”  It is part of the process of setting your life in order before you die.  In particular, it is the act of organizing your possessions so your children don’t have to.  When the time comes, you go through everything you have, sort it out, and decide who gets what.  Your loved ones can better plan how they’re going to handle your property while you’re still around rather than having them struggle with it – or worse, fight over it – after you’re not around to help.  It’s a pretty good idea.


Sudden Death

It’s not always possible, though.  Sometimes a loved-one can die suddenly, before they’ve had time to sort everything out.  When that happens, you have whatever mess they’ve accumulated to deal with. There may be mortgage payments, or other bills piling up that you can’t deal with. With the death being so sudden, you don’t have time to deal with all that, but you need to do something about the house and its clutter.  You can’t just put it all in your own home, though; you haven’t the space. What will you do?


A good self-storage unit can be a life-save in a pinch like this.  You know you have to clear out the house, but don’t have a place to put it.  With a storage unit, you can put it up for a little while, give you time to straighten everything out before you have to deal with the clutter.  It takes a load off your mind during a difficult time, letting you focus on the things that really matter, rather than the many, many things that don’t.

Even if we’re not talking a sudden death, self-storage can still help.  As you and your family sort through things, you may have some things you don’t want to get rid of, but are in the way and nobody has a place for them.  Some temporary self-storage can give you a place to keep things as you organize.

Let Us Help

Here at Vernon Storage, we understand that people sometimes need short-term storage.  It might not always be something so tragic as a death in the family. It might just be moving from one home to another.  Maybe you need a place to store things in that awkward limbo period where you’ve moved out of your old house, but haven’t been able to move into the new one.

Whatever the reason, if you’re looking for short-term storage, we have you covered.  At Vernon Storage, we do not have any minimum time-period contracts on our units.  You pay for them as you use them, so if you only need a week or two, you aren’t locked into a contract for any longer than that.

If you need some extra storage space, whether it’s short-term or long-term, get in touch with us today and see how we can help.  We promise we can meet all your storage needs.