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How to Get the Most Out of Your Temporary Storage Unit
While the sizes of our homes have almost tripled in the past 50 years, one out of 10 Americans needs to rent offsite storage. That’s because the average American home contains 300,000 items.
There are other reasons to use a temporary storage facility than just to store your extra stuff. Short term storage is perfect if you’re moving or even if you want extra space while you finally declutter your home.
Knowing how to get the most out of your temporary storage space can help you save money and learn some organizational skills. Keep reading to learn some of our favorite tips.
Determine What to Place in Temporary Storage
Whether you’re moving or downsizing, before you place anything in temporary storage units, get rid of anything you don’t like, use or need. Anything that’s leftover should either be kept at home or in the storage unit.
What to Keep in Storage Units
If you’re using the storage space to help you pack, there are certain items that make sense to store in a unit such as:
- Lawn equipment
- Large and small household appliances
- Furniture and home decor
- Seasonal clothing
You can also store miscellaneous items like toys, magazines, and books. Anything that you don’t need immediate access to in the near future can be kept in a storage unit.
What Not to Keep in Storage Units
Other items you should retain access to such as:
- Electronic devices
- Kitchen utensils
Also, never store anything that is perishable in temporary storage. If you’re planning on storing everything, learn how to properly store every item to ensure they stay in good shape such as mattresses.
How to Maximize Your Short Term Storage Space
Rather than spending extra money for larger storage space, there are a few ways to maximize a smaller space.
Pack Everything in Boxes
Start by placing everything headed to storage in categories. Place similar items together so you can easily find everything you need.
Carefully label each box on top and on the side so you can quickly find a box if you need to. Keep a master list at your home of where each box is located and a brief description of the items inside.
Place boxes that contain similar items together.
Stack Your Boxes
Then stack boxes on top of each other. Place the heaviest items on the bottom. The boxes should allow you to stack at least three or four on top of one another.
Place items you need access to the least in the back of the storage unit. Any box you may need to grab something out of should be kept in the front of the unit.
Determine if Any Belongings Have Special Needs
Certain items are more sensitive to heat, cold, and/or humidity such as:
Another issue to think about when you rent temporary storage space is bugs. If you’re worried any of your belongings may not fare well at any old facility, do some research.
Find a short term storage rental that is climate controlled. They’ll also make sure it’s insect-free. And you’ll find it’s far more comfortable when you’re loading and unloading your items to do so in a climate-controlled environment.
Get Pricing Quotes
There are plenty of storage options available. Some places let you store large items such as a boat or automobile.
Others just offer basic storage services. Many of them provide extra services for the price such as:
- Free truck with move-in
- 24/7 access
- 24/7 customer service
- Video surveillance
- Pickup services
It’s also important to find temporary storage space that is close in proximity to either where you’re moving or where you currently live. The longer you have to travel to pick up or drop off your stuff, the harder the process becomes.
Some storage spaces go the extra mile and offer both non-climate-controlled and climate-controlled storage spaces. Others offer the ability to store large vehicles such as boats and RVs indoor, outdoor, covered, and even climate-controlled.
Look for a storage facility that offers drive-up access. It’s easier to pull a moving truck up to the storage space to unload and load heavy items.
Size of the Unit
If you’re only storing a few small items and boxes, the smallest unit, which is typically 5×5 should work fine. But if you’re moving the entire contents of your apartment, you’ll need something larger such as a 5×10 or a 10×10.
For homes with several bedrooms, opt for a 10×20 or 10×30 unit. However, don’t hesitate to contact the storage facility to find out which size will work best for your needs.
It’s not always possible to know the exact date you’ll need to store your items in short term storage. Many temporary storage space facilities offer month-to-month leases.
That way, if you’ve sold your home but haven’t found a new home and are living in temporary housing, you have the flexibility to move out whenever you’re ready.
Storage in Transit
Another option is to look for storage in transit options. If you know you’re going to hire a moving company to help you load and unload your items, ask if they offer storage in transit.
The movers will then load your items up, store them for a set period of time, and then will unload them at your new home when you’re ready. It may be more cost-efficient than having to hire completely new movers every time you need your belongings relocated. It’s definitely the least stressful option.
No one wants to find that their belongings have been stolen. But it does happen.
Finding a storage facility that takes the security of the customer’s belongings seriously should be a number one priority for you. A storage facility that invests in gates, on-site managers, and security cameras is a sure sign they want to make sure your belongings are protected at all times.
While you can save money on a facility without as much security, you’re often putting your belongings at risk to extreme heat or cold, bug infestations, and theft.
If you’re looking for temporary storage near Grovetown GA, we’re the perfect solution for you. We offer a wide variety of services such as boat and RV storage.
And we take our security seriously. Contact us to rent a storage unit today.