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How Much Storage Space Do You Need?

Soon-to-be storage tenants often ask this question.   Incredibly, the person asking the question is the only one that can answer the question!

If you find yourself wondering the same thing, just answer the question below and in no time you will have your answer. Estimating how much space you will need for your storage items can be simple if you know what you want to store.

How many rooms do you have in your house?  You can base your space estimate on figuring 1 of our 8’x 5’x7’ storage vaults per 1 to 1½ rooms worth of furniture and belongings in your house.

Here are some simple steps to help you plan, and size recommendations based on commonly-stored items.

Step 1: Start by making a list of the items you plan to store.

Step 2: Group the items according to how you will organize them.

Start by identifying items that will be packed in boxes and stacked. Next, prioritize boxed items you will want to access most frequently (they’ll go closer to the front of the unit). Then group by fragility or weight – heavier, sturdier items should be stored on the bottom of stacked items, fragile items on top. Then consider awkwardly-sized items that won’t stack well, including how often you will need to use them, and how heavy they are.

Step 3: Make note of how these items will be packed and organized.

Can all of it be stored together?

Just because all of this stuff is your stuff doesn’t mean that you should store it all together.  There are many reasons not to store everything together, for example:

  •  some of your items are smelly, like BBQ pits, lawn mowers and weed eaters.  If you store your bedding or overstuffed furniture with these smelly items in an enclosed space, then everything will soon smell the same.
  • some of the items, like appliances and fixtures will be installed in your new home long before the furniture is moved.  If these items are stored together in the same unit, then the builder can easily access them.  As soon as he moves them out, you will not owe any more rent for that storage space.

Self-storage is easy when you know which questions to ask.

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