To store, or not to store, that is the question!
Last Summer I drew up a rough list of how I would handle my material possessions before embarking upon my trip around the world. I was pretty proud of myself for putting my Sony TV in the sell column, however I figured I'd simply store clothes, select books, snowboard gear, art, kitchen stuff, and the few pieces of furniture I owned, including: my queen size bed, kitchen table (w/4 chairs), and leather love seat. The price on 5'x10′ storage spaces seemed to fit my budget – about $100/month (climate controlled).
Then this past Friday night, while drinking a delicious Sam Adams Boysenberry Wheat Ale, I took a measuring tape to one corner of my studio apartment and measured out a 50 sq. foot space. My bed alone took up 30 sq. feet! Good grief I thought. I could either increase the amount of money I'd be paying to save my stuff, thereby reducing my travel funds, or I could get rid of the few big ticket items I owned. Perhaps that way, I could even downgrade to a 5'x5′ storage space, at about $60/month.
The next day, after donating some stuff, I stopped by an Extra Space storage facility about 15 minutes from my apartment. Handrick, the rep there, was super friendly without being pushy. First, he showed me the 50 sq. foot space (400 cubic feet). It was conceivable I could fit my bed, on it's end, in there, with the rest of the stuff I mentioned above, however it would be tight, and I know it's not ideal to store a bed on it's end due to gravity's effect on the springs (so I hear at least). More than the tight squeeze with regard to space, it was the cost which increasingly irked me. After all, my ultimate goal is to be away with a complete sense of freedom, and paying so much for storage was sure to weigh on me eventually.
The 25 sq. foot space (200 cubic feet) would definitely not allow me to include furniture. It would have to be straight boxes floor to ceiling. As I stood in the cool, small enclosure, it became clear my priority was to save money versus holding onto stuff. So, I revised my sell vs. storage list, to reflect my new decision to sell my bed and table set (via Craig's List as suggested on the BootsnAll message boards), and hopefully find a friend to take care of my leather love seat. Unfortunately, my parents' home is not an option as they will likely be moving while I'm gone, and I wouldn't feel right asking them to assume the responsibility, though I'll reserve the right should all else fail!