Jul 6, 2013

‘Downsizing’ Your Stress with Wise Storage Options

If you’ve ever had to move house from large to small, you know it’s not easy to ‘scale down’ the sheer amount of ‘stuff’ you have on hand. This is especially true if you’ve lived in your soon-to-be-former dwelling for any more than a few years.  Over time, we all accumulate travel souvenirs, wearing apparel, books, gadgets…you name it, it’s probably in a box in your house somewhere, and chances are a lot of it won’t fit in the new place. Short of having a massive eBay sale, is there another solution?

Yes, there is — in self-storage units that are inexpensive to rent but priceless for convenience. If you haven’t already discovered these useful facilities, you’ll want to check them out.

The Key ‘W’ of Storage

First of all, what is it you need to store? Standard items include things like seasonal clothing, holiday decorations, athletic equipment, and outdoor toys and bikes. Using a climate-controlled unit enables you to store items that are a little more delicate: photograph albums, antique or fragile furnishings, and memorabilia.

And, if you’re like many Weybridge folks, you may have ‘junk’ boxes — useful items such as hardware, electrical parts, etc. — that you don’t  use every day, but you like to keep on hand. In that, you can use self storage Weybridge units to keep these items handy without them being underfoot. 

Storing your ‘junk’ is easy in self storage Weybridge!

Image attribution: Wikimedia Commons, LuckyLouie 

No Place for ‘Residents’

On the other hand, it should go without saying — but we need to say it anyway! — there are also some things you shouldn’t put in self-storage units. Neither pets nor people should attempt to ‘live’ in a storage unit, for example, not even short-term. Bring your pet with you in the car when you drop off items, maybe; if your dog or cat enjoys the ride, there’s no harm in that. Just make sure Fido or Fluffy is back IN the car prior to your locking up the storage unit to go back home!

This also applies to any other living thing — or items that once were living and aren’t well-preserved. As a general rule, food doesn’t do well in a storage unit; even things that don’t seem immediately perishable (such as containers of cereal) can draw insects and other pests to the unit…and into the rest of your good items. That’s a chance you don’t want to take. Keep your food out of harm’s way, and out of storage in areas where it could bring harm to something else.

The Power of a Good ‘Memory’: Inventorying What You Store

You store a lot of ‘memories’ in a secure unit like this; if you’re also storing items that have value beyond mere sentiment, be sure to keep an inventory list of what’s in the unit just in case. Accidents can happen — units can be damaged by storms or other disasters — and, once in a great while, a storage facility falls prey to vandalism or other malicious mischief. If you sustain a loss in such an instance, your insurer will need details about what’s lost in order to fairly reimburse you or replace an item.

Short-Term, Long-Term, Any Term

Once you’ve figured out how much stuff you need to store, for how long, and under what conditions it needs to be stored, the rest is easy. Your self storage choices are wide and getting wider all the time. By keeping a few common-sense provisions in mind, you can downsize both your dwelling and your stress level without having to sacrifice ‘stuff’ you love!

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