Self-Storage Tips: Preparing for Spring with Storage
Bright-colored flowers and warmer temperatures announce the arrival of spring and the start of one of the busiest storage seasons of the year. With spring cleaning beginning, college semesters ending and an influx of kitties sitting in boxes while their owners get organized, storage units are in high demand.
At All Storage, we’re experts at navigating this busy time and can help you find the storage unit that meets your needs for improved organization all year long. Here’s our tried-and-true, 3-step guide to preparing for spring storage.
Step 1: Select a Storage Unit
When it comes to spring storage, the sooner you can select a unit the better. Not only will you likely be able to get a lower rate, but you’ll avoid most of the competition and have a wider selection of units to choose from.
To help make the process easier, many storage facilities are offering online self storage options. You can browse a wide selection of storage units online and see exactly what is available at each location and you can do it all from the comfort of your home.
There are several things to consider when choosing your storage unit -
- Location - Be sure to look at all of the potential locations and compare prices. You may find less competition and more storage options at a facility slightly farther away than you would at the storage facilities just down the street.
- Unit Type - There are two main types of storage: climate controlled and standard storage. If you’re storing items that may be sensitive to extreme temperature changes, consider selecting a climate controlled unit. The type of unit offered will vary based on the facility. For example, All Storage offers both standard and climate-controlled facilities as options for storage in Prosper, TX. Some of our locations even offer both types of units in one Prosper storage facility. Do your research and make sure you pick the right type of unit to protect your stuff.
- Unit Size - Make sure you select a unit that is big enough to hold all of your belongings, but not so big that you are paying for extra space. Check out our size guide to help determine which size is best for you.
Step 2: Prepare Your Belongings for Storage
If you want to store your stuff safely, then you need to pick the right storage container.
The traditional cardboard box may seem cheaper and more convenient, but it won’t hold up as well for long-term storage. Gone are the days when the ‘If-it-fits-I-sits’ mentality holds up against the structural soundness of cardboard boxes.
Not only do cardboard boxes have many small openings that dust and the occasional pests can slip through, they also are not as sturdy and are more likely to tear or break while moving. Nothing is quite as frustrating as having a box fall apart on you and spill your belongings all over the ground.
The best way to store your belongings is in air-tight storage bins, or if you need help saving space, then vacuum-sealed plastic bags. These containers seal tightly, keeping dust and other pests out. They also are more rigid which makes it easier to stack them on top of one another in your storage unit. Pro tip: if you’re storing clothes or other fabrics and don’t want them to smell like plastic when you unpack them in a few months, throw a scented dryer sheet into the bin before putting the lid on.
Lastly, make sure you give everything a label. Trust us, your future self will thank you.
Step 3: Store Your Stuff
Now that you’ve done the hard part, it’s time to move your stuff into your storage unit. The first thing you will need to do is prepare your unit. Depending on how well the storage facilities are maintained, you may want to bring a broom and clear the floor before bringing your stuff in. Once the unit is clean, you’re ready to start bringing in all of those storage bins you prepped.
Instead of shoving everything into one big pile, we recommend stacking things on the sides of your storage unit. Do your best to create a walkway between boxes so you can easily enter and find something if you need it. Be sure to stack everything with the labels facing outward so you can know what’s inside with one quick glance.
Are you ready to get a jump on the competition and select a spring storage unit? Contact All Storage today for better storage at low prices!