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5 Things You’ll Realize Your First Post-Grad Summer

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By Graci Woodworth, Storage.com

College is as full of new adventures as your car is on the day you move in to your dorm. Storage.com can help you tackle your college career with helpful tips or by providing you a safe storage solution for summer breaks.

The first few summer months that follow your highly-anticipated college graduation bring on a tidal wave of bittersweet emotions. For many fresh-out-of-college grads, the “realness” of the real world brings a unique type of identity crisis (even for those who have every day of their foreseeable futures mapped out). While trying to figure out where to live, where to work, and just how to plain old survive, you get hit with some pretty adult-like realizations. These “Aha!” moments are what set you apart from the workforce veterans.

So whether you were lucky enough to have a job lined up right away after college or trolled job sites in panic mode for months, here are five things you’ll probably realize your first post-grad summer.

1. LIFE IS EXPENSIVE.

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You have more money than you’ve ever had, but you’re also throwing chunks of your paycheck into more expense categories than you’ve ever had—we’ll call this the post-grad paycheck paradox. Between taxes, renting that sweet downtown studio apartment, groceries, and student loans that will hound you well into your 30s, there’s hardly anything left to spare for Sunday brunch and cab rides. No matter how much penny-pinching or thrifting hacks you seem to swing, there’s no denying that adult life is just downright expensive.

2. YOU NEED SUPERPOWERS.

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Working full-time, attempting misleadingly “simple” Pinterest recipes, and keeping up with chores around your apartment can quickly eat up an entire day’s worth of time and energy—leaving you with new appreciation for how your parents did it all so seamlessly every day when you lived with them (Standing ovation, Mom and Dad!). If you’re anything like them, which you most certainly are, you’re probably on your way to discovering the multitasking superpowers you have. Just give it a little more time and practice!

3. PUPPY FEVER IS A REAL DISEASE.

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Whether you have a ball of fluff to call your own or jump on any chance to puppy-sit for your friends and fam, puppy fever spares few victims in the post-grad community. There’s just something about the thought of a furry friend awaiting your return each day that fills almost every void in life. After all, they aren’t called “man’s best friend” for just any reason!

4. RELATIONSHIPS ARE VALUABLE.

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Maintaining relationships after college can be tough, no matter how many group texts you try to keep up with. It takes time to adjust to the fact that your former roommate is no longer just a few steps down the hall. Or that planning a road trip takes a little more effort to match schedules and vacation days. Regardless of how you stay in touch, making time to catch up when you’re hundreds (or thousands) of miles apart makes you truly appreciate just how great of a pal you have. (Post-Grad Note: Your time spent with Netflix is, in fact, a relationship, so staying committed to your shows can evoke just as many warm-fuzzies.)

5. YOU CAN “DO YOU.”

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Want to take up a new hobby? You’ve got the time. Itching to travel to a foreign country? The world is your oyster. The fact of the matter is this is a point in your life where you’re simply free to do all of those things you may not have been able to do in college. Sure, it stings a little when all of your feeds are flooded with spring break photos, but only until you remember that your breaks are gloriously self-mandated. That’s the beauty of the post-grad world—you can “do you.” As long as your budget can accommodate you, that is.

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Finding an Affordable Storage Option

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By Molly Hammond, Storage.com

Finding your place in this world can be pretty difficult, not to mention how hard it can be to move there. Storage.com is here to help with the moving process, either by providing storage or helping you find the ideal place to call home.

So you’ve decided you need self storage to remove some clutter from your apartment or house, but you also don’t want to spend a fortune each month on your storage unit rental. How can you find an affordable storage option? Well, first, it’s important to understand what affects the price of storage unit rentals. In most cases, there are three aspects of self storage that determine pricing: location, unit size, and amenities.

Why Location Matters in Self Storage Costs

“Location, location, location” is the phrase every real estate agent uses when explaining why certain apartments, condos, and houses cost more than others, and that’s because location determines everything from ease of access to area security. It’s no different with self storage.

Storage facilities in areas with higher storage demand—like urban areas of large cities where more people are renting storage to compensate for smaller living spaces—often have more expensive rates. Take Houston, Texas, for example. A 5×10 climate-controlled storage unit in Clear Lake on the outskirts of the metro starts around $60 a month while the same unit in Midtown Houston starts around $100 a month.

One of the easiest ways you can save money on storage is by choosing a facility in an area where demand isn’t as great. Obviously, this means accessing your unit is less convenient because you’ll have to drive across town, but if you don’t plan on visiting your storage facility regularly, it’s a simple compromise.

Why Getting the Right Unit Size Is Important

Although unit sizes can vary from facility to facility, most storage operations offer these standard storage unit sizes: 5×5, 5×10, 10×10, 10×20, and 10×30. The 5×5 and 5×10 sizes are best for smaller storage needs since they’re similar to the size of a walk-in closet. These units can typically hold a mattress set, small furniture, and some boxes. The 10×10, 10×20, and 10×30 sizes, however, are best for larger storage needs, such as storing vehicles or the entire contents of an apartment or house while moving.

Typically, the bigger the storage unit, the more expensive the rental. The last thing you want is to guess how much storage space you need only to wind up paying for a half-empty unit each month. This is why it’s important to determine your space requirements ahead of reserving a unit. Not only will you get the right unit size for your things, but you’ll also be able to shop and compare faster because you’ll know what you need.

If you need helping find the best unit size for your needs, check out our storage unit size guide.

Why Amenities Raise Rental Rates

Storage features definitely play a part in the cost of your storage unit. It’s the same reason why a car’s base model is so much cheaper than a luxury model—because you’re not paying for “creature comforts.”

Some of the features storage facilities will offer include:

  • Drive-Up Access
  • Level of Access (i.e., first floor, second floor, etc.)
  • Climate-Controlled Storage
  • Security (e.g., gated access, video surveillance, on-site management, alarmed units)
  • Auto/Boat/RV Storage

While these amenities are useful in many situations—drive-up access when you’re moving heavy items, climate control when storing temperature-sensitive items—unless you absolutely need them, it’s better to find a basic storage unit. For example, an indoor storage unit on the ground level of a storage facility can cost anywhere from $20-100 more a month compared to a unit on a second or third level.

If you’re looking for ways to get cheap storage, opt for a facility that’s farther away, don’t rent more space than you need, and don’t tack on unnecessary amenities.
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