Although minimalism has grown to be a strong lifestyle trend, countless surveys reveal that most people are still prone to accumulating things that they do not really need or have no long-term value. This should not come as a surprise especially when you visit social media sites like YouTube where thousands of haul-type content are uploaded every day.
There’s nothing wrong with collecting stuff if you can afford it. The only issue you may have about owning so many items is the clutter that they can create at home. Clutter is the enemy of comfort and safety because it produces confusion. Therefore, if you want your home to be a sanctuary where you can relax with your family, it is vital to banish clutter.
One of the most practical solutions for getting rid of clutter at home is by renting a self-storage unit. This will allow you to keep all your valuable possessions and retrieve them easily as you wish. Most communities have their own storage facilities, so finding one to keep the belongings that make your home feel cramped should be easy, right?
Truth be told, choosing a storage unit for your items can be a little more complex than it initially seems. This is because storage units come in different sizes. The smallest ones are PODs, which are expandable storage containers. You also have units that are quite similar to small walk-in closets. There is also a range of really big units that can fit furniture, appliances and even a car.
How to Choose a Storage Solution for You
Needless to say, the many options of storage solutions can be a tad overwhelming. A lot of folks actually end up choosing the wrong size of unit at first. Additionally, there are other factors to consider as well in ensuring convenience, cost-effectiveness, and safety.
So, to make the task of choosing the perfect self-storage solution for you, provided below are seven important factors you need to take into account:
The facility’s distance from your home is definitely something to carefully consider. If convenience is crucial for you, it is best to choose a storage facility that is quite near your home. This way, should you need to retrieve something, you will not have to make a long drive or go out of your way for the day to do so.
Another thing to consider about location is the safety of the community. It should be wholesome and not known for frequent criminal activities. No matter how secure the facility is, you are likely to feel anxious about going there if you know that the area often has suspicious personalities lurking about.
The business establishment should not only be clean and safe but also built for easy accessibility.
There should be ramps to make transporting heavy items easier. There should be bright lights all around as well. Clear visibility is an absolute must when moving items – you will feel much safer and more secure even if you are placing items in storage alone at night.
3. Customer support
It is always an advantage to find a business establishment that provides clients or customers with appropriate and prompt support.
If you can find a storage facility that will help you pick the perfect storage unit for you, you definitely have a keeper. And, even better if they have a suite of other services to make certain tasks simpler such as packing and pick up services, as well as helpful blog posts on various packing and storage concerns.
4. The structural integrity of the storage units
Investigate thoroughly if the storage units are truly well made. Check for holes and cracks where dust and small insects can enter, and mold can develop. Nobody wants the rude surprise of finding stored items damaged by pests one day. When you put your belongings in storage, you want them to be in the same condition as the day you left them.
Inspect the facility for security features such as well-built fences, CCTV cameras, locks, coded entryways and exits, and even roaming security personnel. If the place has all these and more, you can rest assured that all your stored items will be safe no matter how long you keep them in the facility.
These security features all over the facility will also keep your items safe from intruders and other unauthorized personnel.
6. 24-hour accessibility
You never know when you will actually need the items you have put in storage; but one thing is for sure, when you need anything it is important to get hold of it right away. Therefore, choose a storage facility that provides clients with 24-hour access.
Employ the help of the facility’s support employees in determining the unit, which is not only the right size but also the best value for your money. Choosing the right size of unit is crucial because you do not want to pay for a whole lot of extra space that you are not likely to use.
It is important to mention, too, that you should keep an eye out for special promos and perks the business offers. Take advantage of these to keep the cost of storage low. Top storage facilities in the country always have special programs such as discounts and rewards to lock in customer loyalty. If you cannot find any on the website, take the time to speak with customer service and inquire about ways to lower storage costs.
Clutter Managed Efficiently
The displacement method of taking clutter out of your house and placing it in a storage facility is the easiest solution you can take to regain order at home.
For many, this is the best first step to obtaining the good quality of home life they have always wanted, especially if it’s combined with a thorough house cleanup. Once they have cleared their home, they find their minds clear as well to think about other actions that they can take in managing their possessions properly and further beautifying their abode.
Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services and storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sq.ft. of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.