8 Ways to Decide What to Use Your Self Storage Unit For

Heard all about how your friends are using self storage units to reclaim space at home with ease? Want to do the same? Here’s everything you need to know to decide what to use a unit for. You might be surprised by just how versatile they are!

Look around the home and see what you can afford to move

The main reason a lot of people look into self storage is to free up space in the home, and who can blame them? Over the years you amass more piles of stuff than you know what to do with, so why not put some of it to one side for the time being? Draw up a list of things you haven’t used in years but don’t want to send to the tip.

Search for space in the space room

The spare is the place to start if you’re not sure what to get rid of. You’ll find all sorts of bits and pieces you forgot you even had, and the moment you start to empty the room you’ll have a whole host of ideas about how you can use it.

Ask the family if there’s anything they don’t need right now

The kids and your partner will have all sorts of stuff hidden away that you didn’t even know about. Ask for their ideas and input and you’ll soon be reclaiming space in almost every room.

Box up any spare parts or seasonal items

Christmas decorations, old car parts, spare microwaves and hoovers, they can all make their way to your storage unit with the minimum of fuss and disruption.

Check everything against the T&Cs of your storage facility

There are a few bits and pieces you can’t store, such as fuel or petrol. Take a few moments to familiarise yourself with the details so you won’t be sent back home with a boot load of stuff.

Think about any hobbies you could start if you had the space

Not everyone rents a self storage unit to store their old stuff — lots of people use them as an affordable way to start a new hobby. Garages, woodworking areas, even home gyms have been seen popping up over the years. As long as it’s okay with the owners, why not go for it?

Create a list of uses for your newfound space

If you want to really make the best use of it, think about how you can make it a multi-use space. Perhaps you can organise things so you store spare furniture, Christmas decorations, old paperwork, and still have space to park the car?

Factor in the drive to your nearest storage facility

Last but not least, make sure you factor in the drive to your facility. If it’s an hour out of your way then you don’t really want to use it as the base for your new hobby, or somewhere to store vital information you’ll need access to every couple of weeks. Be realistic and pragmatic, and you’ll find your storage unit is a welcome new addition.