Whether it comes to decluttering your home or moving to another location, renting a reliable storage unit is a life-saver. Knowing that your possessions are tucked away in a secure place will help you sleep better and free up your space so you can enjoy the convenience and comfort of your living or working environment.
However, if you don’t have the experience when it comes to packing and storing, this might not be an easy task.. Before you determine what size of self storage unit you need, there are a number of preliminary steps you ought to take, most of which revolve around assessing how much space you truly need.
1) Determining and measuring the size of the items you need to store: Start your storage item list in a descending order, where big stuff comes first. Bulky things like the couch, fridge, mattress, etc., need measuring to give you an estimate of the required space. As for the boxes, their amount and dimensions will give you a hint. A tool like our storage calculator can be especially useful in precisely assessing what type of space you need. Still, even after you determine the correct storage size, count in some extra room, just in case.
2) Determining how to use your self-storage unit most efficiently: From packing stuff into boxes to fitting them into a moving truck and storage unit, paying attention to how you sort things is essential. Especially if you want to utilize every inch of space at our disposal. The same goes for when we’re trying to maximize the space of the storage unit. Packing heavy and bulky things on the bottom and filling corners with them is the first step. Still, you’ll want to avoid stacking too many boxes. It would be best if you left fragile things on top to prevent any possible damage. With this in mind, leave some space in the middle so you can easily reach your boxes when necessary.
3) Speaking to the experts: The site managers at Montreal Mini Storage for instance, deal with hundreds if not thousands of storage situations. So there probably is not much that they have not come across. They can not only assess what your various needs are, but also show you the different unit types that are available so that you can more easily visualize how items should be placed inside a self-storage unit.
Now that you have a better idea of what to do before you pick the right sized self-storage unit, here are a few sizes you might generally want to consider, with a bit of a guideline of what you might be able to store in these units.
The smallest available unit if you need to store just a couple of things, like a mattress, clothing, or a couple of boxes. Useful for temporary storing or extra items, for example, holiday decoration etc.
This size is known as a mini self-storage unit. It is approximately the size of a walk-in closet – store a small number of furniture pieces or your business records and supplies.
Going with this type of unit is great because it offers plenty of space. It is the size of an average room. With 100 square feet at your disposal, you can fit a whole studio apartment here or any large items if you pack correctly.
In this spacious storage, you can fit three bedrooms easily. It’s the perfect solution for bulky furniture like a wardrobe, king-size bed, oversized cabinets, and special items and instruments (for example, the piano).
If you’re going with the space of these dimensions, you can be sure your whole home can fit in. It can store five bedrooms’ worth of belongings.
Now that you have a better idea of what each unit can store, combined with the previous tips of what to do prior to storing your unit, you are now well on your way to picking a storage unit whose size best fits your particular needs.