7 Things to Consider When Choosing Storage Size
If you want to take the plunge and sign up for a storage unit all of your own, you’re going to need to know how much space you need. To some of you it may seem obvious, but if you need a push in the right direction and a few bright ideas, take a look at these tips from the pros.
Create a packing list of everything you want to store
The first thing you’re going to want to do is create a list of everything you intend to store. Don’t worry about how much stuff there is, or fixate about prices at this stage, just make a start and see where you end up.
Estimate the stored volume when everything is boxed up
Your stored volume is how much space your items are going to take up when they’re boxed up and stacked in the unit. You want to have a clear idea of how big it is so that you can find the right unit for your needs. Too big and you’ll be paying for more space than you need, too small and you won’t be getting the full use out of your investment.
Factor in space for the air to circulate
It’s no use jamming in boxes from floor to ceiling, because all that will do is make it impossible for the air to circulate and prevent mould. Even in a completely weatherproofed and temperature controlled unit you’ll want to leave circulation space. It’s good practice, and it’ll ensure you leave enough room to move.
Leave room to walk down at least on side of the unit
If you want to avoid being greeted by an insurmountable wall of boxes every time you open the door to your storage unit, leave a walkway along one side. Or better still, leave it right down the middle. That way you won’t have to climb over dozens of boxes to get what you want, and you won’t have to pile up open boxes outside when you want space to go through them all.
Allow yourself room to work and re-stack the boxes
As well as allowing yourself room to search through your boxes, you need to allow space to re-stack them. Over the years you’ll find you use your storage unit for all manner of things, so why not make life as easy as possible for yourself?
Remember to allow for future expansion
Future expansion is the name of the game when it comes to keeping the house clutter-free. Make sure you give yourself at least enough space so that one-third of it is empty when you’ve dropped everything off. Then you can store plenty more over the years without having to move it all to a marginally bigger unit.
Weigh up practicality and price
It’s no use going for the cheapest unit you can find if it doesn’t allow you to store everything in a safe and accessible manner. When you want to choose the right storage size it’s all about having enough room to move and work, allowing for circulation and future expansion, and choosing a location that’s not too far away.