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Top 10 Expert Ways to Store Your Personal Items



Top 10 Expert Ways to Store Your Personal Items


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Do you notice how much items you’ve accumulated as the years go by? I have too much stuff, some are not mine, but somehow ended up in my possession and became my responsibility. Whatever the case might be for you, it could be time that you take control of these items. One of the best ideas my significant other gave me about gaining control of my "way too much stuff" was to put some of these items into a storage facility. It made so much sense that I made a list of to-dos to tackle this project right away.


1) Determine which items can be stored. First and far most, you need to determine all the items that you can store. How to determine which items are good for the storage? Those items are usually things you can live without for a certain amount of time. It is also important that you have an idea of how much storage material you have, because the amount of items will determine the cost and size of the storage space you will need.


2) Storable materials. Once you have the items in mind, do consider the material of these items. Can they hold-up in the storage facility?  And can the facility that you've chosen hold-up your items? At the same time of accessing these items, you will need to determine how you will package the items for storage. For example: some items will need wraps on them, while others, might need to be stored in boxes so that you will not have to deal with dust or fading.

3) Ideal site. You will need to figure out the ideal site / location where your items will be stored. Whether you’re storing personal or business items, the storage facility’s location should be convenient for you. Ideally the storage facility is either close to your home, and or close to where you frequent, especially, if you are going to be accessing your storage items now and then.


4) Lowest price. Compare prices from different storage locations and make sure you chose the best price for the space you are acquiring. Ask the storage facility about the different sizes and length of time, as the prices might vary in terms of payments. You might also want to consider the different types of payment available, some places offer an installment plan, while others might give you a break for paying in advance. Do ask about all the payment options.

 5) Toss them out. It is amazing what you will find as you clean. While you are determining which items to store, also be realistic about the whether you should keep them or not. Ask yourself if you truly need, want, or will ever use the items again? If you are hesitant, maybe it is time to evaluate their purpose and toss them out!

6) Security for yourself as well as your items. Security is an extremely important factor. Remember that you will be going into the facility at times by yourself. How safe is the storage facility? You don't want to be beat-up or attack by anyone while trying to get your stuff out. The things you are storing are valuable to you too, so why wouldn’t you want it to be safe? Not only security is important for your items, but also for well being.



7) Insurance. You never know what kinds of things could happen, or who would be responsible in a disaster. That is why insurance is important as well. There are such things that could happen called natural disasters or accidents. Locate and secure insurance for your items, and "never say never." You want a peace of mind, and comfort once you've placed the items into a storage facility.


8) Transporting your items. Does your storage facility offer transportation for your items? After all, you're probably need some help in getting the items out of your house and into the storage space once you know which items are going to be stored.

9) Make money from your cleared-out space. An idea that I've just learned from Lok'nStore is that you can make money while storing your items in a storage facility. The idea is that the space, or room you will gain back from moving your items into storage will become available once you've cleared them out of your house. So why not find a renter or lodger for the empty space? You can make extra money with the prime real estate that is currently being wasted by these unused items.


10) Space estimator. Another helpful hint in which you should consider is getting help from a space estimator. A great storage facility will have help, or people who are experts in the field to help you with the size that you would need. Because they are experienced in what they do and can help you maximize the use of your storage space. You will save money with their expertise based on recommendations of where to place your items for easy access, as well as maximize the storage space based on the placement of your items.

Have you ever had to use a storage facility?

22 comments :

  1. these are great tips, thankfully, did not gain a lot of things yet that would need storage space :) I usually just toss out and donate if they are still in good condition if we have no use of them

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    1. That's a good thing. Most of us are so guilty of stuff. I think if you had kids, that would change everything...haha

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  2. Hi Amanda, when I first moved here, I had my things in storage, then I took them all out. Now, my place is too crowded and I am looking for a new storage space. What timing! Thanks.

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    1. I know what you mean Kim. I kind of wished I had let SO keep his storage. Now that it is in our home, it just sits there...hummm, you've sparked a thought.

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  3. I personally use a self storage service near my hometown to store my items when I need to. This works really well for me because I can go retrieve whichever item I must whenever. It is very local and easy to get to. Great tips!

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  4. I have not used a storage space yet in my life, but these are all great tips for those that need that extra area to store their things!

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    1. It might seemed like extra, but I know sometimes in our lives, we need the extra help to move things along, and it will be even better.

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  5. I personally store the excess items that I don't need in my house at a local storage service called "Self Stor". It's a great solution if you have items that cannot fit in your house yet you still want to hang on to them. Great post.

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    1. I think a lot more people use storage facilities than we think. I usually drive by this area, where I know people actually chose to live in the apartments that are across from the storage just so they can be close to their items.

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  6. I never knew the idea of hiring a space estimator. I never knew people with such expertise existed. Thanks for this post!

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    1. The space estimator is really important, because they can save you money!

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  7. GREAT tips! I so need to do a revamp of the house :)

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    1. That's what we are working on! renew, revamp, and remodel. (m)

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  8. My house could use some serious sorting. I reassign things to my children/grandchildren all the time, but still have lots.

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    1. I wish I have someone to reassign things to. It's so important to get the things we don't need out of the house.

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  9. Hi, I love the tips. We are short of storage but live in such a small town that we are so short of storage businesses.

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    1. That makes sense, there is a shortage of storage facilities for sure. Thanks for your comment.

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  10. Great tips! We just moved into our home a little over a year ago, so we aren't at the point where we'd need storage locations anytime soon. But your tips on organizing and finding the right storage containers will come in handy for spring cleaning!

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    1. Absolutely, I think if people can clean and make use of the room they have they can actually make money from storage.

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  11. I've always wondered how those storage space things work.
    Thanks for the options.

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  12. This post couldn't have come at a better time! We have just filled the last bit of unused storage in our home and still have more stuff to store. I can probably sell some of it and give a lot away, that should make some space.

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  13. Our local storage facility actually comes to your home or office and picks up your stuff then takes it back to the facility and stores it for you. I have 24 hour access and the area is very secure. I like that it's out of my way yet still close enough to home.

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