If your current residence is turning into a house of horrors because of too much stuff sitting around, is it time to do something about it?
For many homeowners and renters, their places can quickly become filled with everything from furniture to collectibles. When you toss in the countless things they need for their daily lives, space can quickly become all but non-existent. Oh, what about all those paper and files that can quickly accumulate over time?
In the event it is time for you to retake control of your residence, have you considered turning to self storage to help solve the problem?
If you are unsure on how to go about finding the right storage facility to meet your needs, it really is easier than you might have ever thought.
With that being the case, is it time to store part or all of your life and avoid the clutter?
Finding the Best Storage Option
So that you can locate the best storage option for your needs, where do you start?
Actually, starting with the Internet is a good idea.
Many storage facilities not only have their own websites, but they are also active on social media. With a presence on sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc. they can be as close as your computer. By simply hopping on your computer, you can find out myriad of information about such facilities.
Among the items to discover:
- Locations and available storage units;
- Size and layout of storage units;
- Typical monthly costs to rent a unit;
- Available specials like the first month free in some cases.
Once you have a handful of storage facility sites in or near your neighborhood, the task then is to pay them a visit. While you may be tempted to just go with one online, seeing them in-person is always best. You also can get a sense of the owner/s and their staff, giving you a better idea of the overall customer service you may receive.
Also look for storage facility information out and about your community. Many such companies are doing more and more marketing these days, including at community events, trade shows etc.
What to Store?
Once you have chosen a storage facility, the next big question is oftentimes what should you store?
This can prove more challenging than which facility best suits your requirements.
Before deciding which items you may want to store, look to see if there are some things you can either toss or put in a yard sale. If neither of those options is of interest, you may even want to donate some items to a local charity or service for those in need.
As for which items may be best to store, consider the following:
- Extra furniture you don’t immediately need;
- Files and/or paperwork you don’t want to toss but also won’t need in the near future;
- Additional kitchenware and such items that you just do not have room for;
- Items you may have had for a child that have since been outgrown. You may decide on more kids down the road, so storing the stuff gets it out of your way, along with saving you money in the future.
Protecting Your Stored Valuables
Last but certainly not least, make sure to have coverage for anything and everything you put in storage.
You may be under the false assumption that the storage center is fully responsible for all your stored valuables. Whether it is a fire, break-in, flood etc. make sure you have insurance protecting your possessions. The last thing you want to do is go to your storage unit, only to find that your goods have been damaged and/or stolen.
When it comes to storing your goods, the task is not as daunting as it may seem.
The key is to make sure you do some research, settle on the best facility for both services and price, and then get your stuff stored and settled.
When all of that is done, take a rest and enjoy having a more clutter-free residence.