Finding the Perfect Unit
June 30th, 2022
If you're running out of storage space in your home, it might be time to consider renting a storage unit. But how do you know what size storage unit you need? Wildwood Mini Storage wants you to feel that your unit is just right for you! We have some suggestions to think about when you are considering a storage unit for your needs. Below are some tips to consider prior to organizing your home for more space.
To figure out the right size storage unit for your needs, make a list of everything, including furniture, boxes, and appliances. Once you have a good idea of how much stuff you need to store, you can start considering storage unit sizes. Most storage units range from 5x5 to 10x30, so there's bound to be a size that's perfect for your needs.
How long will you need to rent the storage unit for? If it's just for a short-term solution, you can probably get away with a smaller storage unit. But if you're planning on storing your belongings for an extended period of time, you'll need a larger unit so that you can access your things easily. Be sure to also consider what kind of access you'll need to your storage unit. If you plan on visiting frequently, you'll want a storage unit that's close to your home or office. But if you won't be needing to access your things often, distance isn't as important.
Determining what size unit you may need
One of the most important things to do when you're getting ready to put items into storage is to determine exactly what you need to store. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's actually vitally important. After all, you don't want to overfill your storage unit and not be able to get to items you may need. Nor do you want to underutilize your storage space and end up with plenty of room that could have been used for other things. So, take an inventory of everything that you need to put into storage, and then choose a storage unit that's the right size for your needs. That way, you can be sure that your belongings will be safe and sound - and that you won't be paying for storage space that you are not utilizing.
Do you have storage space at home?
If you're like most people, your home is full of stuff. And that stuff is taking up valuable storage space that could be put to better use. One way to free up space in your home is to go through your belongings and decide if anything can be disposed of, recycled, or donated. This creates more storage space in your own home or garage. If you don't have the time or find yourself with too many items in the keep pile, there are plenty of companies that offer storage units for rent, such as Wildwood Mini Storage. Self storage units are great for short-term or long-term storage, and they can be a lifesaver when it comes to decluttering your home.
Do any of your items require any special considerations such as temperature control? How often you plan on accessing your unit?
Most storage units are outside and are subject to nature's seasonal elements without the assistance of an HVAC system. They'll be hot in the summer and cool in the winter. Most self-storage companies develop their property with the outdoor units situated higher than the roads to allow water to drain away from the doors. Additionally, insects and rodents could be attracted to the storage unit, depending on what you store inside. Make sure to properly wrap and seal your items before placing them in storage, and check on them periodically to make sure they're still in good condition. With a little planning, you can safely store your belongings in a storage unit without worry. Check in with management to inquire about any concerns you may have such as pest control.
Storage units come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate a wide range of storage needs. Small storage units, also known as storage lockers, are perfect for storing items short term. If you need a larger storage unit, you can ask about indoor, outdoor, or covered storage. These options are available at some storage facilities, but not all. Outdoor storage is perfect for storing larger items such as vehicles, trailers, or boats. Covered storage is similar to outdoor storage, but with the added benefit of protection from the elements. When choosing a storage unit, be sure to consider your specific storage needs.
Depending on your storage needs, you might decide to rent one or multiple storage units. An important consideration is how much you plan to access your belongings. If you’re packing everything you own into the storage unit while you wait for a few days to move into a new house, you can pack that unit to the brim without extra space. If you’re storing items that you plan to access throughout the year, then you’ll need to leave some space inside the unit to get to any items stored in the back. A long aisle down the middle is helpful, but you might considering making a U-shape with some items in the middle, too. This extra walking space reduces how much you can store in the unit, so you may need an additional storage unit or to reduce the total quantity being stored.
Pack and Prepare
When moving or downsizing, one of your goals might be to conserve space and keep storage rental costs low. This means that you should use sturdy boxes or plastic bins to hold smaller valuables. Larger items should be wrapped in bubble wrap, plastic, or even blankets to prevent getting scuffed or dusty over time.
The advantage of using clear plastic bins is that you can easily see into the bin to determine if it holds the items you're looking for later on. This saves a lot of time spent hunting for a specific object. If you prefer to use boxes, make sure to clearly label one or two sides with all of the items stored inside. Then make sure to turn that labeled side so it's clearly visible from your access point. When you're stacking your storage unit, be sure to put the heavier boxes and bins on the bottom so they don't crush your fragile items. If you have any items that you think you might need quick access to, be sure to store them near the front of your unit so you don't have to move everything around to get to them. With a little planning, you can maximize your storage space and keep your belongings safe and sound.
Once you have a rough estimate of what items you will be storing, you can use our storage unit calculator or call our expert management team for recommendations. Storage unit sizes are generally the same, but there are some variations from one facility to the next.
Storage units are a great way to free up space in your home or office, and they can also be used to store seasonal items or equipment that you don't use on a regular basis. Whether you're moving to a new home or just decluttering your current one, self-storage can be a convenient and affordable solution.
If renting one or multiple storage units seems like the right fit for your needs Wildwood Mini Storage is here to help! You can rent online, call today, or stop in during our office hours. Wildwood Mini Storage in Pocatello, Idaho is happy to assist you in finding the perfect storage unit to meet your needs, we look forward to getting to know you, our neighbors and assisting with your self storage needs!