If time has brought you to the point in life where you have received "the call", you may find yourself in need of some immediate storage space so that you don't hurt anyone's feelings. The call that may spark this desperate need for storage space is one you receive from your grandparents, parents, or the uncle or aunt that considered you their favorite niece or nephew. The purpose of the call is to let you know they have some very special things to give you because they are downsizing. They are certain you will want those tangible memories. What are you going to do?
At the moment, your best option may be to rent a storage unit to store those memories in. Chances are, they are things that will not enhance your current decor. They may be things you would rather forget about than be reminded of, but you feel you have to accept them graciously in order not to offend anyone. Carefully packed away in a storage unit, you can deal with those framed baby pictures, vintage furniture, or accessories, or some of your favorite childhood toys at a later time.
Another situation where you may prefer storing memories rather than displaying them is in the event of a divorce settlement where property is divided. Undoubtedly, there will be things you do not want to bring into your new life. However, there may also be some of those family type memories that you want to hang onto for a while. Some items are worth keeping and storing until you can reinvent them for an entirely new purpose and maybe even completely alter their appearance. Just like you, those items can begin a new life, in a new place with a fresh perspective on the future.
Renting a storage unit will relieve you of the pressure to immediately do something with those old memory-reviving items. You can store things until you are emotionally ready to tackle the process of deciding what to keep, what to donate and what to re-purpose.