Living with a Sibling

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If you grew up with brothers or sisters (or both), then you know the challenges that can come with having siblings. You may have had to share a room with one or two of your brothers, and you may have gotten along better with one sister more than another. As you all grew, you learned how to live with each other and respect each other’s personal space, but you couldn’t wait until you were out on your own, with your own room and your own belongings.

However, when you are an adult, a time may come when living with a sibling makes the most sense. You might need to move in with them while you look for a job, or they may need to move in with you following a relationship change. Whatever the case may be, EZ Storage® in St. Louis can help you find the ideal self-storage for those belongings that won’t fit in your shared residence.

Personal Space

As we mentioned above, personal space can be an issue when it comes to siblings, especially as you’re growing up together. You may have had to share a room, or your older brother may have always burst into your room just to annoy you. Now that you’re both older and more mature, you have more respect for each other’s personal space, but if your house or apartment is lacking in physical space, it could be hard to retreat to your own bedroom or part of the residence. With a storage unit, you can move some things out of the house, making more room for your sibling who is moving in, which can help him or her feel more at home.

If you’re the one who’s moving into your sibling’s house, then be sure to take the time to talk to him or her about what you can bring and what you should store or donate. Showing up with a truckload of stuff when all you have is one bedroom and part of the living room to furnish can be a bad way to start your new living arrangement. Chances are that your sibling also has some things to store, and you can split the cost of renting a unit between the two of you.

Long-Term or Short-Term?

pexels-photo-569163While you may love living with your brother or sister, it’s important to determine how long you’ll be staying there (or how long he or she will be staying with you). Talking about things like leases and rent can be tricky, but it’s important to establish those guidelines before you or they move into the residence. If they’re renting an apartment, the lease may need to be amended if you’re going to be there long-term. Even if it’s only going to be a month or two, it’s a good idea to check with the landlord or property management company on what is allowed under the current lease.

No matter how long you’re living with your sibling, EZ Storage® can help you find the right self-storage solution. All of our units are available on a month-to-month basis, and you can visit your space on any day of the year. If you’re splitting the cost of the unit with your brother or sister, we can help you set up your online account info so that both of you can pay your portion of the rent. If you have any questions about our facilities or units, our team members and resident managers will be more than happy to help.

If you’re moving in with a sibling, or he or she is moving in with you, let one of our St. Louis locations help you find the best space for your excess belongings!