It’s easy for possessions in a person’s home to accumulate. As family members grow, seasons change, trends come and go, and all kinds of needs arise, people buy and secure what they need to live a comfortable life. This also means that, gradually, the rooms of a house slowly fill up with all kinds of things.
Fortunately, homeowners can easily regain useful space in their abodes with the help of temporary storage solutions.
Keeping Your Valuables in a Storage Facility
Apart from clearing homes of clutter, another main advantage of sending possessions to a local storage company is you can better preserve the quality of your items there. They will not get in the way of various activities.
Additionally, every storage unit is secure. The best on-site storage solutions have multiple layers of security to protect all the items entrusted to them from thieves.
However, it is important to note that not all on-site storage units are created the same. Therefore, you must be discriminating when choosing a storage facility to keep your valuables.
The Dos and Don’ts of Storage
To ensure the advantages of keeping your valuable possessions in a storage facility, it is imperative to know the dos and don’ts. Organization pros have rounded up eight to help you out.
1. Do check reviews and ratings of the storage facilities’ products and services.
Visit online review sites and learn from the experiences of others. From other people’s testimonies and ratings, you will get a better idea of how well your possessions will be kept and whether the rates are reasonable.
2. Do inspect the storage units and other solutions.
You want to make sure that the units are clean, weatherproof and constructed well. You never want to see cracks and holes in the unit. Also, see if the inside is free of moisture. Units that feel moist can actually cause damages to your belongings, especially those made of fabric and wood.
3. Do take inventory of all the items you will be storing.
This may seem like something people would automatically do, but many still forget to list down all of the items that they’re putting away. So, before having the packers over to put your belongings in a unit, create a written list of all of the things that you are sending to the storage facility.
4. Do choose the right size storage unit.
You may call the storage facility to find out the different size options to choose from and do the math together to determine how big a unit you need for all that you will store.
This is important to do because there is a difference in the cost of every unit and you want to make sure that you will not be paying more because you have ordered the wrong size of unit.
5. Do invest in packing supplies.
If you really care about the quality of your belongings, it is a must to pack them properly before they are stored. Protect fragile items with wrapping paper or bubble wrap. Use moving blankets as well for big-ticket items such as artwork that you do not want to become dusty over time. Also, use small boxes to keep your items organized and protected from the elements.
6. Don’t settle for storage locations that are nearby but risky.
Always make sure that the storage facility you choose is in a secure community. Should you need to retrieve any of your possessions from the storage location at any time, you want to be able to do so without feeling scared.
7. Don’t forget to label your boxes.
If you will be using boxes instead of storage pods, do not neglect to label each of the boxes. This way, it will be much easier for you to retrieve the items you need from all the stored boxes.
Be as detailed as you can when you label. Perhaps, even create a list especially for the boxes that contain a smorgasbord of small items.
8. Don’t be embarrassed to ask about promos and deals.
Do not be afraid to look for opportunities that will allow you to save money when you need to use storage solutions. You can get discounted rates or extra services free of charge simply by asking about special programs.
A Clutter-Free Home
Use the collection of dos and don’ts shared here to make storing your possessions a truly affordable and completely organized solution to end your clutter problem.
A house without all the things you no longer or currently do not need is easy to turn into a comfy, optimally functioning home. It is easier to clean (even if you do not regularly hire professional cleaning services) and enhance aesthetically, so you and your family can find delight from simply staying in.
Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services and storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sq.ft. of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.