The Self-Storage Industry metrics show that 10% of the population in our capital cities use self storage. 39% of people use self storage because they need more space at home. What’s more, it comes at an average cost of $298.00 per sqm .So if you are renting a self-storage unit the size of a single car garage for a year it is costing you nearly $5,400.00. Ouch! 

 Using self-storage can be enormously helpful when you are downsizing and used wisely can make the whole process simpler. WHETHER YOU ARE A RETIREE getting excess items out of the home during pre-auction open houses, to SOMEONE DOWNSIZING storing packed items waiting for the move, they can be really helpful in the short term.

 Self-storage can also resolve short-term problems like what to do with your things before finding or completing the renovation on your next home. People often use off-site storage while renting to store useful or precious things, and excess furniture that won’t fit into the current rental.

Self-storage can be problematic if it is the repository of your delayed decisions.

 Items deemed useful but never used. Valuables you think family members might or should want despite them already telling you that they don’t.ARE YOU FEELING GUILTY BECAUSE THESE ARE GIFTS FROM LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS or inherited by you? Sometimes it is just as simple as being overwhelmed or not wanting to bother about making decisions.

Let’s look at some tricks and tips to help you make the most of self storage.

Ask why you need self-storage

If Self Storage is just a temporary measure while a reno or house move takes place, then it can really be a really smart way to make sure you continue living in a comfortable space that isn’t swamped by boxes and other clutter. But if it is about delayed decisions, you risk ending up with big annual self-storage fees as you avoid the challenge of a declutter.  Set a time frame once you know why you need self-storage and add reminders in your calendar to ask if you still need it.

Do your research on self-storage

Is it traditional self-storage you are considering in one of the big complexes scattered around? Location impacts cost as does local population density. An area with a high density of rental properties will have different charges and a high rate of turnover compared to established suburbs with fewer.

Inspect the unit you are being offered. Does it feel humid? Is it on an external wall and impacted by extreme seasonal temperature variation? Think of an oven in summer and an icebox in winter. That will impact how well your items stand up to really long-term storage. If it has a roller door, ask yourself if dust can get in and dirty your items. Pest control in managed facilities is generally excellent. 

Remember, whatever you choose to send to storage has to be packed up. Are you going to do it and how then do you get it to the unit?If you opt for a storage unit further away from home you either pay a contractor to transport large and bulky items or you may find yourself making multiple trips.

What do you want to store?

It’s a good idea to pack it all up together so you are making a sensible rental choice based on volume, not a guesstimate. Think about how to best pack your items to keep them safe both during transport and while in storage. If you need to locate any item while it is stored, how will you do that?

Be smarter about self-storage.

What about alternatives like mobile self-storage? There are some great companies who deliver a self-storage pod to your property where it can stay for you to pack and then empty as you need. They will also remove and store the pod for you until you ask for delivery. Does a friend or family member have some self-storage that isn’t full? Ask if you can share the space and the costs. A win:win

If you are overwhelmed then Decluttering Solutions can help with every step of your self-storage experience. 

  1. Rightsizing the current messy storage you may have to identify what’s there, find new homes for unwanted items to reduce the volume and allow you to downsize or even eliminate your rented self-storage.
  2. Assist you with space planning so things are stored well packed to protect them and in a logical manner. Making for easy identification to find what you need at short notice.
  3. We can organise and supervise the whole process from beginning to end

From space and storage planning, the logistics of getting everything there and away safely right up to emptying the unit and getting items where you need them to be.

 Not feeling confident? Please give us a call if you’d like to know more about our services.