So you’ve decided to rent a unit in a self-storage facility… Congratulations, we’re positive that you’re going to be happy with your decision! That is, as long as you prepare yourself and your possessions for storage the right way. Luckily, we at Security Storage are here to provide you with some advice on doing exactly that. Let’s get started, shall we?
Sell and Donate
There’s a good chance that if you’re planning on moving boxes upon boxes of your possessions to offsite storage, at least some of your items are things that you simply don’t need any more and most likely won’t ever use again. For this reason, we recommend going through all of your items before shoving them into your storage unit and decide whether it’s something you need to keep. If it‘s not, consider donating it, or even better—sell it!
This will provide you with more room for storage, and the profits you make from selling your odds and ends can even offset some of your rental costs.
You might think it’s a waste of time to make sure your possessions are shiny and clean only to store them away where nobody can see them, but the opposite is true. Leaving dust and dirt on your items for long periods of time can permanently discolour and damage your things, and also makes them more susceptible to mildew and bacteria.
For this reason, it’s of utmost importance that you thoroughly clean all of your things with a vacuum, duster, and damp rag before locking them away…and it’s not a bad idea to repeat these steps every few months if you’re going to be storing them for extended periods.
It might be tempting to throw all of your odds and ends into storage as fast as possible to get them out of your way, but spending a bit of extra time organizing your things will be more than worth it in the long run.
For starters, pack your items according to different categories, and label their boxes so that you don’t have to spend hours sifting through your storage unit to find those seasonal decorations or your camping gear when the time comes. Even better, make an inventory map of where in your locker each box is left to keep track of where everything is without lifting a finger.
Trust us. Yes we know it’d be easier to skip our advice entirely, but as tempting as it may be, it will make things much more difficult down the road. Plan ahead! Sell and donate what you don’t need, tidy and clean the rest, and organize it all before shutting that storage unit door. You’ll thank us later!