Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Organization: How to Fully Utilize Storage Units

Public Storage storage hallway with storage un...
Public Storage storage hallway with storage unit doors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On the surface, self-storage units seem to be one of those things that need very little explanation. After all, aren't they just empty places to store things you don't readily need but don't have the heart to part with? The truth is, no. A lot has changed since the early 1970s, when the self-storage industry was born. In fact, you might even say that the industry has come of age and grown in the last few decades. 

And, of course, with this growth has come competition, which can only mean good things for those who are willing to shop around. This article is a primer that will help you maximize your savings so you can get what you want from your self-storage unit experience. 

What Do You Want to Store? 

When you decide to use a storage unit, you'll need to determine what you want to store. Although self-storage facilities all seem the same, they are anything but. Virtually anything you need can be had if you shop around. Climate control? It's there. Size varieties? They have that too. Security? Just ask.

Decide Your Size 

Storage unit sizes can range from small storage lockers to up to 10 x 30 units and larger. Assess how much space you are going to require and start searching for locations with that size of unit available. 

Determine Your Amenities 

Different storage facilities have different amenities. Climate-controlled units, security cameras, gates with PIN access codes, and multiple stories are all things to keep in mind when making your decision. Even moving in and managing your unit isn't a problem because many companies offer boxes, packing materials, and even vehicles for moving your things in, all free of charge, of course. 

When Will You Need It? 

Let's say that you want to use your storage unit to keep work-related files out of the way. Unfortunately, while working at the office late one evening, you decide you need to access a file that you have stored. What if your storage facility isn't open in the evenings, or is located in a lousy part of town where you wouldn't want to be caught in the dark? Consider location if you want your things to be easily accessible


When you actually start shopping around for a storage unit, the chances are good that you will not have any trouble finding one. In fact, the issue you will most commonly face is which one to choose. Regardless of what you decide you need from a unit, chances are good that you will find it and for a price you can easily afford. 

Don't Forget It 

With the rise of reality shows like "Storage Wars," the phenomenon of abandoned storage containers has become the talk of television. The trouble is that people often forget their lockers and end up having their belongings sold at auction. If you don't want your possessions to become television fodder, remember that you have your unit, and don't forget to pay for it. 

Remember What's There 

Make a list of what is in your storage unit so you don't spend time rummaging through it to find something you need. Take a lesson from Santa: Make a list and check it twice. 

About the Author: Ryan Thomas is a freelance writer and author of a handful of eBooks - he's currently writing for a cheap storage Philadelphia blog, helping educate Pennsylvania residents on how to find the best deal on safe storage units.


  1. I love your article so much. The self storage is so much costly and I agree with your idea that we should only take services of self storage companies if we need them. Also the tips on choosing right space is appreciable.

  2. I just got some Victoria storage lockers for some extra odds and end I want to keep that I just don't have room for anymore. Thanks for the efficiency tips!

  3. Thanks for this tips, it will helpful to organize my stored items in, I am glad to read an info of such wonderful tips to at ease in storing.

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