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Self-storage is increasing in popularity and it’s easy to understand why. It provides a safe, clean and flexible way to store your belongings. But what you may not realise is that self-storage is more than just a place to store your caravan or excess furniture. It can be useful for a range of other situations, like moving house or running a business. In this article, we show you 9 reasons why you need a self-storage unit and why it’s the best solution for your household storage needs.
1. Declutter Your Home
When your home is filled with furniture, clothes, toys and trinkets, it can be hard to find what you’re looking for. What’s more, it can limit your family’s ability to work, study or play. That’s why people make a habit of decluttering their homes. It can take the frustration out of finding things and make your home more comfortable. But let’s face it, not everything can be donated or thrown away. You may have items you want to keep, like a sewing machine, trundle bed or baby clothes. In that case, your best option is to put them in a self-storage unit. This allows you to hold onto your favourite possessions (and use them at a later date) without cluttering up your home.
2. Downsize Your Home
There are many reasons why you might choose to downsize. Your children might have left home or your property was becoming too hard to maintain. This can leave you with a lot of excess furniture to store or belongings that can’t be accommodated in your new home. While a few things can be sold or donated, other things might still come in handy in the future. Instead of cramming them into a garage where they can attract pests or mould, put them in a self-storage unit. They’ll remain clean and secure, and you can access them at any time.
3. Store seasonal items
Everyone has furniture or supplies that don’t get used for months. This could include a caravan, outdoor dining set, circular saw or Christmas decorations. These items can fall prey to dust, mould or even theft if they’re not stored correctly. That’s where a self-storage unit comes in. You can choose a climate-controlled unit if the items are sensitive or an outdoor unit for easy pick-up. Not only will it increase the longevity of your items, but you’ll also keep your home tidy and organised.
4. Make space for a baby
Having a baby can be disruptive, not just for your family but also for your home. It means that you have to prepare a nursery, make space for a playpen and store provisions such as nappies, formula, bottles, etc. This means relocating furniture and emptying cupboards to make space. The best way to do this is to store your belongings in a small self-storage unit. As your child grows up, you’ll be able to reinstate the furniture and store the nursery items in the unit. Then, if you have another child further down the track, you’ll have a crib, clothes and baby toys ready to go.
5. Keep your belongings secure while you work or travel
If you’re planning to work or travel for an extended period of time, you might have to store your household belongings for the duration of the trip. You could choose to cram them in a friend’s garage (or over two garages!), but this won’t guarantee their security or prevent them from attracting pests or mould. A better solution is to store them in a self-storage unit. You can choose a size to suit your specific needs, and even use the Box Shop to pack your belongings and keep them clean and tidy.
6. Storage when moving house
Let’s face it, moving house is stressful – and things don’t always go according to plan. For example, if you’re ready to move but your new home isn’t ready, either because building works have run overtime or your settlement is running late, you need a place to store your belongings while you wait. Luckily, a storage unit provides a fast and easy solution for this situation, and your belongings remain accessible at all times, especially if your facility is open 24 hours a day. What’s more, units can be rented on a month-by-month basis, so you can end the lease whenever you’re ready to move in.
7. Store while renovating a house
When you’re renovating a house, it’s important to keep valuable furniture and belongings out of the way. You can do this by using plastic covers and moving furniture into new spaces each time a part of the house is being worked on. But this can be time-consuming and risky. Not only can furniture still get damaged when it’s covered (a blunt object could accidentally fall on it), but you may risk a hernia moving it all back and forth. Also, tradies won’t have sufficient access if your furniture is still in the house, and if your property is ever unattended or missing a wall, your belongings might get water-damaged or stolen. Instead, keep your belongings in optimal condition by storing them in a self-storage unit. They’ll remain safe and clean – and you can downgrade your unit as the renovation is completed and furniture is reinstated in your home.
8. Prevent theft or damage of belongings
Do you live in an area prone to theft and burglary? Or do you have valuables you want to protect from housemates or destructive children? If you don’t have a safe or a room you can keep locked, your best option is to use a locker or self-storage unit. It’ll help keep your artworks, collectibles, fine china or record collection safe – at least until you move to a more secure home or your kids grow up!
9. Minimise dangers from clutter
If you’re a tradie or DIYer, your garage or shed is probably full of saws, nail guns, drills, ladders and other dangerous items. Unfortunately, children and pets can gain access to these tools and sustain serious injuries – or worse. To avoid this, keep your garage locked at all times or supervise it when it’s in use. But if this isn’t possible, keep your tools in a storage unit. You can pick up the tools in the morning and drop them off when you’re done. Not only will a unit protect curious children and pets from harm, but you’ll also keep your tools in optimal condition (which isn’t always the case in a leaky or damp garage).
Self storage is a great way to maximise space
It doesn’t matter if you're storing furniture during a renovation or making space for a baby, self-storage provides a great way to protect your belongings from damage, moisture or theft. And while you pay a small monthly fee, the potential to maximise space, minimise danger, protect family heirlooms and prevent costly replacements is priceless! If you want to start enjoying the advantages of self-storage, contact us for a free quote or call our friendly team to discuss your storage needs.