How To Get Rid of Clutter – Consider Self-Storage

By Subodh / July 21, 2013

It is important to keep your home clutter-free as this will make your area much safer and also better protected from all sorts of pesky critters, such as rodents, scorpions, roaches, and ants. Pests are attracted to messy surroundings. Plus, living in untidy surroundings is unhealthy too. But sometimes, while you are packing away all of your knick-knacks and old clothes, you stop and think – “Where am I going to put all these things?” Well, there are actually many options that you can consider. Donate some of your stuff; sell items in a garage sale; or put these in storage.

5 Factors to Consider


1. Space

Space is a vital consideration because you need to have enough space for all of the things that you wish to store. If you are putting big furniture in storage, such as sofas and cabinets, opt for a place that can easily accommodate such items. Be sure to check how much floor space is available, and, if you are also storing things that have a bit of height, like a grandfather clock, see to it that the ceiling is not too low. Consider if you are going to be storing more items in a few months’ time and ensure that you still have ample space for these additional stuff. Another reason why space is a vital consideration is that you certainly do not want to pay for unused space. That would be a waste of money.

2. Accessibility

Choose a facility that’s conveniently located. This way, in case you suddenly realize that you need something from your storage unit, you’ll be able to go there quickly. Accessibility not only means that a facility must be quite near busy areas, but it should also be easy to get to using vehicles of various sizes. If bigger moving trucks can be driven near your storage facility, then this makes transferring things, especially huge furnishings, more trouble-free for you.

3. Security

Of course you have to opt for a place with tight security. You don’t want to have your precious items stolen, and you certainly do not want strangers going through your things without permission. Therefore, choose a place that employs guards, and check if they also use modern security gadgets, like surveillance cameras or alarms.

4. Insurance

Most self-storage facilities won’t require you to get insurance. But, for your protection, it would be better to get one. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security just because a storage facility is equipped with modern security devices. Also, don’t assume that the facility where you rent a space immediately provides insurance. Inquire and clarify such issues so that you can work on obtaining insurance if there’s none yet. Give a call to the insurer that has given you homeowner’s insurance and see if items in storage are covered. If not, look for other options and be sure to compare price and coverage.

5. Cleanliness and Overall Condition

A storage facility must be clean and dry. Watch out for damp floors or walls as these could signify hidden leaks. In addition, dampness can lead to mold formation on surfaces, which could easily spread to your personal belongings. Check for pests as well. Roaches, rodents, and other pesky critters could damage your stored possessions.