Whether you are downsizing to a smaller home or you simply want to clear out some of the clutter in your home, it's easy to go a bit overboard with what you put in your new self-storage unit. Use this guide to help you determine what should go into storage and what should stay in your home.
How Often Do You Use the Items?
As you begin to organize items to put them into storage, ask yourself how often you use the items. You may find that some items get used less then you thought, while others get used more often. For example, you may find that some of your kitchen gadgets, such as waffle makers or sandwich presses, get used rarely. These items may be good candidates for storage. On the other hand, you may find that you wear your fall jackets throughout the spring and even part of the winter, so you may want to keep these items in your home.
Where Do You Store Heirlooms and Family Photos?
Precious heirlooms and family photos are not replaceable, so consider where they are currently stored in your home and whether or not they are at risk for damage. If you store these items in a basement they could be vulnerable to flooding, and items stored in the attic could become damaged during a storm. Consider placing these items in secure plastic totes and place them on shelves in your self-storage unit for added protection. A climate-controlled unit in an enclosed storage facility can provide the security your items need to stay safe from damage.
Do You Have Too Much Furniture?
It is possible to have too much furniture in your home. You can make your home feel more open and spacious by removing a few pieces of furniture. If you haven't gotten rid of the furnishings in your home because they are antiques or they hold special meaning, consider keeping them in your storage unit instead. They can remain there until you decide to redecorate your home or until they are ready to be passed down to future generations.
Take an inventory of the items you plan to store, and be sure that your self-storage unit is big enough to accommodate your items. Once you've rented your unit and you are ready to move in, store your items in the order they will be used in. For example, boxes of seasonal clothing should be stored toward the front for easy access, while old furniture can be placed at the back of the unit. With a little preparation and smart packing, you can have a space to store all your items. Talk to a facility like South Town Storage for more tips.Share
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