How Many Storage Units Do I Need?


Determining the amount of storage you need might seem like a daunting task at first. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are a few tips to help you learn just how much storage you’ll need for your belongings.

Consider What You Need to Store
Before you rent a storage unit, it’s important to know what you need to store. Whether you’re still in the “just thinking about it” stages or you’re actively planning on using self storage, it’s always best to have a concrete list of the items you want to put into storage. That way, you’re never surprised by how much extra (or how little) storage space you’ll need. Start by walking through your home and making a list of things you’ll need to store, whether they’ll only be in there for a few days or they’ll be stored for multiple months. Once you’ve completed your walkthrough, go through your list and decide definitively what will be going into storage. This list is going to be extremely useful when you contact your self storage company to inquire about self storage prices and sizes. 

Measure the Items You’re Storing
This next step is crucial in determining how much storage you’ll need. If you’re just putting away a few boxes of old books or toys, you probably don’t need to worry about taking this precaution. But if you plan on putting multiple larger items into storage, you’re going to need this information more than you know. Begin by taking some basic measurements with a measuring tape. This should work fine for items like tables, sofas, or desks. For any oddly-shaped items, you may want to use a soft measuring tape instead. Once you have a rough measure of everything you want to store, you’ll be able to use that information to look into cheap self storage options.

Research Storage Unit Sizes
While every storage facility is different, self storage units typically come in a few standard sizes. Using the list of items you want to store and the measurements you took of them, it should be a little it easier to determine exactly what you need. For a few small items, you may only need one 5×5 storage unit. If you’re storing a whole house while you travel abroad, however, you might need multiple 12×30 storage units for all of your belongings. Of course, the size of the storage unit you choose to rent will have an impact on how much you’re paying. Make sure you have a predetermined budget in mind before you go and book the largest storage unit you can find.

Determine How Long You’ll Need Storage
Will you need this storage unit for a few weeks? Do you want to keep it for years? This will ultimately play a factor in how many storage units you need. If you plan on rotating items out every few months or so, then you probably only need one storage unit. But if you need to store a large number of items for a long period of time, it might be worth looking into renting multiple units to have the space you need.
Preparing to place items into storage can feel like an uphill battle at times, especially if you’re doing it in the midst of a big life change like moving. If you live in the Jackson area and you have questions about determining your storage needs, contact Markham Self Storage today. 

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