I rented a storage unit once when I was in college. I had been living in a small apartment with two of my friends and all of us were leaving to go back home for the summer. There was no sense in packing up all of our cars and driving to our respective corners of the country and then driving all of our stuff back at the end of the summer. We looked in to some self storage rental prices and found that just storing for the summer wasn’t going to be very expensive. It was definitely going to be worth it if it meant that all three of us weren’t driving with packed cars across the country and back in a three month span. With the three of us splitting the cost of one storage unit, it was actually going to end up being surprisingly cheap.
With the end of the school year came a lot of excitement and a lot of stress. On top of worrying about finals everyone was worried about moving out of their apartments and houses on campus. My roommates and I had planned our move out day to be a full three days after all of us had finished our finals so that we were able to focus all of our energy on school before having to think about moving out. Naturally we saved all of the work for the day before we were meant to move out. We ended up staying up super late to get everything packed up and cleaned. It was a pretty fun way to kick off the summer because we just ordered a bunch of Chinese food and drank a lot of beer. That probably explains why we packed up all of our stuff in such a disorganized manner. The next morning we borrowed our friend’s truck to move all of the furniture in to the storage unit rental. We had to take a couple of different trips but thankfully the storage unit facility was only a ten minute drive from our apartment.
When we first arrived at the storage unit and saw the space completely empty we were a little concerned about how we would fit all of our stuff in there. The space looked smaller than we had imagined and we considered for a minute whether or not we should go back and upgrade to a larger space. In the end we decided just to see what happened with the space we had already rented. We got all of the furniture in there after three trips in the truck and were surprised by how much space we had left after that. Fitting everything in was kind of like a puzzle and eventually we got it all in there. We had to stack things practically up to the top, but we managed. When we got back at the end of the summer to take all of our stuff from the storage unit it was crazy to see everything exactly how we left it.