“Divorced or separated people are more than twice as likely to use storage than single people.”
This was one of the key findings of the 2018 Self Storage Association (SSA) annual industry report. It isn’t surprising given that divorce and separation involve the division of belongings, which inevitably results in the dilemma of where to store items.
We’re going to delve into the benefits of using self-storage by looking at the common problems during divorce and separation, and how self-storage solves them.
Common problems during divorce and separation
- Dividing belongings accumulated over the years – the sheer amount of stuff can be overwhelming
- Needing to move quickly but not having a permanent home yet so moving into temporary accommodation in the meantime
- Having to downsize and a lack of space to store belongings in the new home
- The friction and high emotions between partners
- Worrying about the effect the separation will have on children and the disruption to their routine
- The security of belongings and keeping them protected – especially sensitive paperwork
- Financial worries and being financially stretched
- Traumatic and stressful time without the luxury of being able to plan
The benefits of self-storage during divorce and separation
1. Makes the division of belongings easier
If you’ve been together for a number of years, chances are you’ve accumulated a fair amount of stuff. Clearly, the first step is to agree on who’s going to own what. Once that’s agreed, self-storage can help to streamline the sorting process. Instead of creating chaos in your home, you can take it away and do the sorting and organising at your self-storage unit(s).
2. Provides temporary storage until you’re settled
If you’re moving into temporary accommodation but aren’t sure how long you’re going to be there, you can save yourself the stress of packing and unpacking multiple times by storing the majority of items in storage until you’re more settled. Then, if and when you do decide to buy a property or rent somewhere long-term, you only need to move your belongings once – better for you and means less exposure to damage for your belongings.
3. Provides storage for overflow belongings when downsizing
From a practical point of view, there are two choices – a) declutter and get rid of items you don’t need or b) store the overflow in storage and sort through it at a more suitable time.
Decluttering probably won’t be at the top of your priorities with everything else that’s going on – plus, you don’t want to get rid of furniture in haste that you might regret later. Self-storage helps by removing the pressure – store it now, sort it later.
4. Reduces friction between partners
Even in the most amicable of situations, there’s bound to be some friction. You probably want to draw a line under everything and move on with your life, but this can’t happen until you’ve stopped living together – frustrating for both parties. Self-storage is ideal because it allows one or both people to take control by removing their belongings from the home, and in doing so, remove themselves from the situation. This is particularly important if you’re living in a toxic environment.
5. Reduces disruption to children’s lives
Understandably, you want to keep disruption minimal. Children are perceptive (they’re also tough), but you don’t want to shove the situation in their face(s) any more than you have to. How does self-storage help? It keeps the realities of the packing up, sorting and splitting your lives less exposed by allowing you to do the necessary sorting at your unit(s), meanwhile keeping the house free of clutter.
6. Keeps paperwork (and other valuable belongings) secure and protected
When you’re going through the divorce process, there will be sensitive documents you might not want your other half to see. The problem is you still live together so you might worry about maintaining your privacy. Self-storage provides a secure, confidential place to store documents and other valuables, safe in the knowledge that only you have access to them.
7. Clarity of pricing at a time when you’re financially stretched
Divorce is expensive. Fact. At a time when you’re financially stretched, the last thing you need is more financial uncertainty. Storage is an added cost, but a good storage provider won’t reel you in under an initial offer and ramp up the costs when you’re hooked. They should provide complete clarity of costs upfront – no hidden charges or nasty surprises. At Squab Storage, you only pay for what you use and we provide clear terms of agreement. If you have any questions, please give us a ring (0845 4680 160) and we’ll be happy to talk you through pricing.
8. Provides flexibility when you don’t have the luxury of planning
At what is a traumatic and stressful time, you probably won’t have the luxury of planning, not to mention your mind will be elsewhere. Self-storage gives you the flexibility you need to access belongings as and when. Need to get the paddling pool or forgotten to pick up a box? No problem. We’re open 8am-8pm, seven days a week (you can book your storage online too, if that’s easier).
Ultimately, whether you’re going through a divorce or a separation, you still have a life to live. Self-storage can alleviate some of the stress and help you move forward.
Wondering how you’re going to move your belongings into storage? Take a look at our van hire, available for collection from our sites in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and Daventry, Northamptonshire.