The itinerary has been planned. The deposits paid. Passports ready. Now, what to do with all your furniture?
You could just keep paying the rent while you’re travelling, and eat two-minute noodles right through Europe. Or you could store your furniture somewhere – but where? There are a few choices you have when storing your furniture while travelling. It needn’t be expensive or difficult, either. Check out these ideas below:
While not wanting to pay for rent while you’re travelling is understandable, you may need to call on a storage facility to assist, especially if you don’t have friends or family to call on to keep your furniture. When looking for a storage facility, make sure you’re comfortable with the security, the storage space is sufficient and also check out if there are any penalties for removing your goods earlier, or extending the period of storage. Some facilities such as www.yourlocalmovers.com.au will even pack and collect your gear, so you can focus on fine-tuning your itinerary!
At Your Parents
Mum and dad will have your stuff while you go to Europe for ‘a while’, right? Your parents are always a great first ‘port-of-call’ when you’re adventuring. They can be good for advice, cash and of course a place to store your furniture while you’ve gone ‘for a while’. You’re parents naturally will oblige, however, you’ll be storing your furniture their way. That expensive leather lounge? Why, that will look great in their sitting room. Their old couch can be put in the spare room! If you’re going to store your furniture at your parents, make sure you’re all on the same page on where your things are going to be kept.
At Your Friends
You might be lucky enough to have some friends with a room or space where you can store your furniture. Without a doubt, it will be a great offer and in many situations, hard to pass up. There are always issues with storing furniture with friends however. If you need to extend your travels, this can inconvenience them. Also, if you’ve got a box labelled ‘DVDs’, it will be opened long before you get back.
With Your Kids
You’ve done everything for them – now it’s time for them to give back, right? Your kids probably will be a great place to keep your things, especially if you’re going to be a grey nomad around the countryside for months on end! When you’re out travelling, though, you’ll always have these nagging thoughts, like ‘Are they letting the grandkids jump on our couches?’
Don’t Store It
How important is the furniture you own? Are you going to be away for a long time? Maybe it is just the right time to get rid of it all. Give it away, sell it or take it to the dump. You’ll be coming back to a blank slate after your trip.
Have you travelled and left your furniture with someone, or somewhere? How did you find it? Did you come back to it all being in exactly the same condition? Have you found these tips helpful? Share your ideas in the comments, below.