While I am the stay-at-home mother of six beautiful children, my husband works in a field that requires us to move frequently. The first time we had to move, it was just the two of us, and while it seemed stressful at the time, that ended up being the "easy" move! As our family has grown, the moving process has become much more time-intensive, and I learned that if I don't create a moving "to-do" list and go through it step by step, I forget to get important things done before we move. I know there are other families of all sizes out there facing moves soon, so I thought I would make a blog to share my moving and storage tips with everyone who needs them. Come back often, especially if you are moving in the near future!
One of the first and most important decisions you will need to make when renting a storage unit is to decide what size unit you require. In order to ensure that you are choosing the right size storage unit for your specific needs, you will want to take the time to consider each of the following three factors.
Factor #1: Long And Short Term Storage Goals
The last thing you will want to do is to be forced to move your stored items into another storage unit in the near future simply because your storage needs have changed. This task can be rather time-consuming, as well as being physically intense. That is why you should take the time to consider not only your immediate storage needs but also your expected storage needs for the future. For instance, if you are using your storage unit to house all of your seasonal items while not in use, you will want to ensure that the unit not only has enough space for the items you are currently placing in storage, but also enough space for all the items you will need to store once the seasons change.
Factor #2: Need For Accessibility
Whether or not you plan to work inside your storage unit, as well as the frequency with which items will need to be removed from your unit can both have an impact on how large of a storage unit you will need to rent. While it may be possible to house all of your stored items in a smaller unit, taking this approach will greatly limit your ability to easily access the items inside your unit. A smaller unit will also provide limited, if any, space for you to move around if you intend to work inside the unit. Consequently, in addition to the space you will need to physically store your items, you will also want to consider how much floor space you may need in order to access and navigate throughout the unit.
Factor #3: Ability To Safely Stack Items
The generic guidelines regarding how much stuff can fit into a storage unit assume that you will be able to take advantage of the unit's total square footage. This includes the vertical space that the storage unit provides. However, not all items can safely be stacked on top of each other during storage. If you plan to store items that cannot be stacked in this way, you will need to rent a larger unit that provides ample floor space for all of your items rather than simply providing an adequate amount of square footage.
For more information, look into storage units in your area.