The Secret to Successful Self Storage

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There are many situations that might call for self-storage. You might be changing to a smaller house, moving abroad for a spell, or you might have some other reason. Whatever the reason for your decision to look for somewhere to store your stuff, there are a few things you should bear in mind in order to get it done right and not spend too much money on it:

  1. Weed out the stuff you don’t need. I know that this sounds obvious, but would you believe that sometimes people pay for storage on things for months before they realize they no longer want it! This is most common with inheritances, where sentimental value and lack of family agreement can make it difficult to part with unwanted pieces of furniture. It helps if you can have an honest look at the objects you plan to put into storage, and try to decide if you are ever really going to use them again. If you aren’t, then selling them now or giving them away to someone in need is much better than holding onto them.
  2. Organize things properly. You would be amazed at how many people put things into storage and then don’t know exactly what they have stored. If you have a lot of smaller objects in storage, then you need to find a way to access those that you might need in the future. Making a list of what is in storage is a good idea, and you might even find it useful to make a little plan of the storage area with a note of what is where. Alternatively, you could take a photo or two of the stored goods before you lock them away, and note the location of each on its photo.
  3. Choose a handy storage site. A common problem when you are moving from one city to another is deciding in which city to store your stuff. I would always recommend storage in the city you are moving to; you might need something at short notice, it may be necessary to remove items one by one, or perhaps you just want to check on them. If the move is a bit rushed, then you might be tempted to use a facility in the town you’re leaving, but making an effort to find a facility in your new hometown will save you lots of hassle in the future.
  4. Keep the paperwork and key handy. This is another obvious tip but done that is too often overlooked. If you have a key to your self-storage facility, don’t just keep it somewhere safe but remember what it actually opens! You don’t want to find yourself locked out of your storage unit, looking at a strange key, and thinking, “Hey, I wonder what this opens”! I would suggest putting the storage key on the same ring with your house keys. More meticulous people than I (i.e. my wife) sometimes put mark all their keys with colored stickers that correspond to a list they keep somewhere safe.

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xmobile 4 years ago from Hubpages, GoogleNet

Really useful thanks. I guess selling stuff could ease the burden of holding on to stuff longer than we should.

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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

It's always hard to part with stuff, but it feels better when you do especially if you never use it. Thanks for reading!

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