Everyone is spending so much more time at home because of COVID-19 and with spring just around the corner, you might be using the opportunity to thoroughly clean and organize your home. At U•STORE•IT, we know a clean and organized home can improve its livability and even put you in a better mood. Here are our top tips for spring cleaning.

Be Strategic With Spring Cleaning

The thought of cleaning your house top to bottom might seem daunting, so get yourself organized first. Clear any clutter out of the way and gather all of your cleaning supplies together so you have them at your fingertips as you clean. Use a caddy or basket to carry all of your supplies with you around your house. Also, make a list of all of the tasks you want to accomplish, this will keep you focused and allow you to delegate to family members. Another trick to keep in mind is that it’s more time-efficient to concentrate on one task at a time, and not think of your cleaning routine on a room-by-room basis. For example, vacuuming will probably be on your to-do list, so vacuum the whole house at the same time. If you have two washrooms, clean both on the same day in quick succession. Be strategic and you’ll get your spring cleaning done in no time!

Declutter & Organize

Before you can really do a deep clean, you have to declutter and organize your house. A great way to go about this is to go through closets, cupboards, and drawers and think objectively about the items stored there. Have they have been used within the last 3-6 months? If you can’t remember the last time you’ve worn a piece of clothing, played that board game, saw your child play with a toy, or have used a specific tool in the garage, it might be time to let it go or put it into storage. Donate anything useful and gently used to a thrift shop or to an organization that may need the items. In your closets, make use of organizers and hanger holders.

Organizing the Kitchen: Go through all of your cupboards and drawers one by one. You may have excess kitchen utensils, pots, and pans or containers without lids that can be dealt with during your spring clean. Take this time to reconsider where items live to maximize the space and make cooking more efficient. Take the time to reorganize your pantry better with clear containers, hooks, and alligator clips. For more tips on organizing your kitchen, check out this article.

Organizing the Bathroom: One of the most common complaints about bathrooms is that there is never enough counter space. Make more room by using drawer organizers, wall shelving or hanging caddies, and tall narrow cupboards to provide more storage and keep things tidy on a daily basis. For more tips on organizing your bathroom, check out this article.

Organizing the Living Room: It can be difficult to keep this room clean because it is where the entire family relaxes, watches TV, and reads. There may be books, movies, and toys and games galore in the living room. Utilizing nesting tables, coffee or end tables with drawers, vertical shelving, and towers, and even moving play spaces to children’s rooms (if possible) will help keep this common area more organized. For more tips on organizing your living room, check out this article.

Organizing Bedrooms: Your bedroom is where you sleep, so you don’t want it cluttered and disorganized. Organize your closet and dressers with containers and dividers. Use a bench at the foot of the bed that has storage space for blankets and bed linens. Make use of nightstands with drawers. All of these methods will help keep bedrooms tidy. For more tips on organizing bedrooms, check out this article.

The key takeaways:

  • Caddies and containers are your friends when you’re organizing a room.
  • Think vertical shelving to create more space.
  • Find a place for important items to live and put the item away in the same spot consistently.

Deep Cleaning

Now that the clutter is out of the way, it’s time to clean and sanitize. Common cleaning tasks such as sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming the floors will likely need to be done. If you have hardwood floors, take some time to polish them up with some specialized floor cleaner. Also, move furniture and make sure you vacuum underneath, move appliances (such as your stove, fridge, washer, and dryer) and clean in these areas that are covered but do collect dirt and grime over months. Think about adding tasks that are done infrequently to your list such as:

All of that work will be worth it because it feels awesome to have an organized and clean home! After all of that decluttering, organization, and spring cleaning if you have items you need to put into self-storage, U•STORE•IT has residential units in various sizes to store your belongings. We wish everyone a clean and healthy spring.

Winter is coming to an end, and it’s time to start thinking about what to do with all that winter gear and toys that you won’t need so readily available as the weather heats up. U•STORE•IT has some tips for how you can prepare all of your winter items for storage over the spring and summer months, so they are ready to go and in great condition when the snow falls again.

Snowmobiles/Ski-Doos

Before you put your snowmobile/ski-doo away in self-storage for the spring and summer there are several things you should consider doing.

  • Choosing the right fuel: If you use fuel that contains ethanol, consider draining it and replacing it with non-ethanol fuel. Ethanol fuel can be harsh on rubber lines and gaskets. Don’t put your sled away with an empty tank though!  Your gaskets (also called O-rings) could begin to dry out and become brittle.
  • Lubricating parts: Greasing zerks in your rear and front suspension, steering, and drive train is an essential part of snowmobile maintenance and will help get rid of buildup from a winter of riding. Check your owner’s manual for recommendations about brands to use.
  • Removing the battery: It’s recommended that you keep your snowmobile battery from drastic temperature changes. If you don’t have a heated unit, it might be worth it to remove it and store it in a warmer, dry place.
  • Removing the belt: You may have heard the advice that you have to remove the belt during the winter, but you shouldn’t have to in our storage units if it is on a stand and you come to start your snowmobile during the summer.
  • Clean your sled: Start with warm soapy water and a microfibre cloth to prevent taking off that shine! Go in with a degreaser or take it to a car wash if there are particularly stubborn spots. After you clean your sled do an inspection for cracks and damage.
  • Put it on a stand: This is optional if you currently have a stand it’s not a bad idea to put your sled on it until winter. Generally, only if your store your snowmobile outside will rusting be an issue, but releasing the stress and pressure on the springs and shocks is a benefit.
  • Cover it: Find a tight-fitting cover to keep moisture and dust off of your snowmobile.

Snow Clearing Equipment

You depend on your snow clearing equipment to keep your sidewalks and driveways clear from snow. Make sure they have the longest lifespan possible by storing them properly.

  • Shovels: Clean and wipe down your shovels and make sure they are dry. This will be especially important for metal shovels as they could rust if not taken care of.
  • Snow Blowers: Make sure you inspect your snowblower, clean it from dirt and grime, and wipe down the blades so there is no moisture. On a safety note, make sure the machine is off and not plugged in before doing so.
  • Sand, salt, snow removal chemicals: You should keep any leftovers of these items in a secure location to prevent them from being ruined by moisture or from being spilled, causing a mess.
  • Snow melting mats: If you lay down snow melting mats in your driveway or sidewalk, you can easily clean and roll or fold them to be put away in your storage unit for the warmer months.

Winter Tires

Oh, the routine of changing out winter tires! A yearly ordeal. You can free up room in your garage by putting them into storage during the warmer months.

  • Clean them up: Get rid of the dirt and grime from a winter of driving with warm, soapy water, or even pressure wash your tires. Make sure you dry them off too.
  • Bag them: Place them into a plastic bag and tape them closed. It prevents oil evaporation and keeps them out of direct sunlight.

Winter Toys

They bring you so much joy when snow is on the ground, but your winter toys need care before you put them away until the next snowy season.

  • Skis: To prepare skis for storage make sure you get the edges sharpened for the next season, clean and wax them, and strap them together. Make sure they are dry before putting them into storage.
  • Skates: Similarly to skis, it’s a good idea to get your skates sharpened so they are ready to go for next winter, clean them up and make sure they are dry before putting them away for the season.
  • Sleds: Clean up sleds with a plastic cleaner, dry it off, and it’s ready to be stored until next winter.

Clothing

Winter clothing items can be big, bulky, and take up a lot of space in your home. Here are some tips to store all your winter clothing and outerwear.

  • Any winter sweaters and clothing should be freshly washed before putting it away to prevent musty odors.
  • Take winter coats to the dry cleaners if required.
  • Look through your winter clothing for missing cloves, pieces that need to be mended and ensure they are fixed before putting them away.
  • Consider donating items that haven’t been used that winter.
  • Clean salt, dirt, and mud off of winter boots.

Also, here are some useful tips for packing up winter clothing.

  • Use vacuum bags to reduce the volume of puffy jackets, snow pants, and wool items.
  • Make use of luggage that isn’t utilized very often to store winter items.
  • Hanger caddies and organizers are abundant these days, make use of them to make more space in your unit or at home.

Do you have a bunch of winter gear that you want to put into storage? U•STORE•IT has many residential self-storage options to choose from that will ensure all of your winter toys and clothing are safe until the snow falls again.

COVID-19 has impacted the lives of all Albertans, and we’re adapting to protect our clients and staff during this difficult time. Your health and safety are our number one priority.

We recognize that our storage solutions are vital to many families and businesses. You depend on us for safe and secure access to your valued possessions.

That’s why, at this time, we’re remaining open for business. Our facilities are closely adhering to the recommendations set out by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Alberta Health Services (AHS). We’re ready to respond to any changes in legislation, including possible closures.

To protect your safety and health, we’re launching rigorous social distancing protocols:

  • Taking credit card payments over the phone
  • Assisting only one client at a time in our offices
  • Encouraging at least 2 meters of distance for all interactions
  • Mandating any staff who display symptoms to stay home from work
  • Asking clients who are at risk or who display symptoms to stay home
  • Directing clients to our online services wherever we can
  • Ensuring only clients touch products during a purchase
  • Ensuring only clients hold their personal ID when moving in

If you have any questions about our COVID-19 procedures, be sure to call our head office at (780) 469-7867. Check back to this blog post for our latest updates on this evolving situation.

Take care, be safe and visit alberta.ca/COVID19 to stay informed on public health orders and self-isolation advice.

Surprisingly, U•STORE•IT gets the question “can I live in a storage unit?” more often than you might think! We know the economy has been tough for people recently, but we want to make it clear that living in a storage unit is incredibly risky for you, and it is also illegal for a storage unit provider to allow it, here’s why.

It’s Not Climate-controlled for Living

While U•STORE•IT does have climate-controlled units, they are not on the level that would be required for people to live in the space full time. We live in Alberta and the temperatures can fluctuate from -30°C in winter to +30°C in the summer.  A self-storage unit would not protect you properly from the elements and changing seasonal temperatures.

It’s Unsanitary

Regular access to a bathroom and water is essential to keep our bodies clean and healthy. A storage unit does not provide 24/7 access to sanitation and running water and can lead to very dirty living conditions.

It’s Uncomfortable

You will be incredibly uncomfortable living in a storage unit! Electricity is not readily available, there is limited natural light because there are no windows inside the unit, and you can even suffer psychological effects from living in such a small, enclosed space.

It’s Unsafe

Storage units are designed to be opened from the outside and there is the possibility you could become trapped inside the unit if you lived in one. This could be incredibly dangerous if it got extremely cold or there was a fire.

It’s Illegal

U•STORE•IT is a self-storage business that is responsible for keeping the belongings of all of our customers secure. If you are found on our property outside of business hours, that would be considered trespassing and we would be within rights to call the police.

U•STORE•IT would not allow anyone to live in one of our rental units for the risks highlighted above. If you do require access to affordable housing, we highly recommend you check out the City of Edmonton website or the City of Red Deer website for assistance.

With the advent of cultural phenomenons like minimalism and Marie Kondo, tidying up has become a joyful experience. When you create order and unity in your surroundings, inner calm tends to follow.

Are you on a cleaning kick yourself? Well, self-storage units are perfect solutions for opening up space in your home. Whether you’re moving, downsizing or purging, you can tuck away cherished possessions in a safe and secure facility like U•STORE•IT.

And just like you would in your home, you’ll want to keep your storage unit spick and span. Rather than tossing everything in garbage bags, be smart about how you organize your belongings. With that in mind, we’re here to spark a little joy in your life with our top 10 tips for maximizing storage space.

  1. Part with the excess

Do you really need that third TV? And when was the last time you went skiing? Take a moment to reflect and decide what you actually need to store. Prioritize sentimental and frequently used items—sell or donate the rest.

  1. Tally up what you’ve got

Take photos, draw a map, write up a list: However best suits you, keep track of everything you’re storing. If you forget where your baseball card collection ended up, you can check your handy inventory.

  1. Put it on a shelf

Free up valuable floor space with sturdy shelving along your walls. It’ll be easier to scan your possessions at a glance, while also making room for bigger ticket items. 

  1. Think inside the box

Bags and totes are flimsy and difficult to stack. Instead, choose durable boxes and bins in a uniform size, so you can neatly place them on top of one another. We’ve got a variety of packing supplies to help you in that department.

  1. Give everything a home

Put electronics on the same shelf, file documents in one cabinet and place antiques in a designated container. When you group similar items, you can track them down much faster.

  1. Label, label, label

What’s in that box? Save time wondering and digging with a smart labeling system. Colour-code and write in large, clear lettering—you’ll find what you need in a snap.

  1. Free the furniture

When you stack tables, desks and chairs, you can cause wear and tear over time. So, take them apart if you can. Arrange the disassembled pieces flat or vertically to maximize space.

  1. Play a little Tetris

Packing can be fun, right? Treat suitcases and dressers like Russian dolls by placing smaller items inside large containers. Roll your clothes into compact cylinders, and vacuum seal winter coats to shrink them down. Fill small gaps with posters, pictures or mirrors.

  1. Pave a path

Pack your storage unit from back to front, focusing on the walls first and moving outward. Create a spacious aisle, so you can move freely and access the items you need.

  1. Stack it to the sky

Place containers on top of one another, from heaviest to lightest. Prevent hazards by leaving enough clearance from the ceiling and vents.

Get storage savvy with U•STORE•IT

Are you inspired to go on your own cleaning spree yet? Maximizing storage space allows you to pack your possessions right the first time, so you can feel cool, calm and collected every time you go inside your unit.

If you’re on the hunt for a modern and clean place to stash your goods, our storage facilities in Edmonton, St. Albert and Red Deer boast spacious units, 24-hour surveillance, climate-controlled bays, and helpful staff. 

Explore our residential storage options and contact us to get pricing today.

Finding a new home is an exciting time. From redecorating with fresh fashions to exploring new neighbourhood spots, starting over in a different place can be inspiring. But, it can also be quite stressful. All the planning, packing and change is enough to overwhelm anyone.

Before the big day arrives, write up a moving checklist with all the to-dos you need to accomplish. Whether it’s sorting through a pile of old clothes or making dreaded phone calls, the earlier you cross tasks off your list, the better you’ll feel.

To boost your motivation, we’ve rounded up our top nine moving tips. Follow our advice, and you’ll be well on your way to a smooth and seamless start in your new home. 

Two months before the move

  1. Find the right moving company.

Spare your friends and family the headache and search for accredited movers in your city. Vet a variety of reviews on Google, Better Business Bureau and Facebook. Then, get written quotes from at least three companies. Ask plenty of questions: Can they provide a breakdown of costs? How many workers will be present? Do they offer moving insurance? Once you’ve picked the best team for the job, get confirmation in writing.

  1. Sell, donate or store unneeded items.

Now is the perfect time to start fresh, especially if your new home is much smaller or larger than your old space. Put that old couch up for sale on Facebook Marketplace, donate unwanted clothes to Goodwill and rent a storage unit for any oversized sporting equipment or cherished antiques you need to stow away.

  1. Research your neighbourhood.

Is your new community in a different part of town, or in a whole other city? Ease your jitters by looking up malls, banks, grocery stores, doctors and dentists in your area. If you can, take a stroll around the block to familiarize yourself with your surroundings.

One month before the move

  1. Buy packing supplies.

Stock up on a variety of boxes, tape, box cutters, labels, and markers. At U•STORE•IT, we offer specialty packing supplies, such as moving blankets and dish-guard kits, to protect your belongings. To avoid any surprises on the big day, buy more boxes than you think you’ll need.

  1. Change your address.

Share your new details with your employer, insurance company, bank and magazine subscriptions. Visit your local registry to update your license and vehicle registration. If you’re worried about missing important letters, sign up for mail forwarding with Canada Post.

  1. Start packing.

Begin with infrequently used odds and ends, like Christmas decorations or relics from the attic and basement. Label and colour-code boxes with the name of the room where they belong, and then create an inventory to keep track of everything. 

One to two weeks before the move

  1. Switch over your utilities.

Let the gas, electric, water, internet and cable companies know you’ll be moving. They can help you schedule shut-offs at your old place and set up utilities at your new home. Your phone bill will thank you for the wifi connection later. 

  1. Keep packing.

Complete a little bit every day, focusing on one room at a time. Be sure to pack a separate box for valuables, jewelry and important documents, so you can safely move it yourself. Have each family member stock a suitcase for essentials, like clothes, toiletries and snacks, to tide you over for the first few days after the move.

  1. Tidy up your space.

Ace your final walk-through so you can pocket that security deposit. As you pack up furniture, dust, vacuum the rug, mop the floors and scrub out the oven. If your fridge and freezer are coming with you, be sure to unplug them at least 24 hours before the move to allow them to defrost.

Shake off moving stress with U•STORE•IT

Once moving day is here, give yourself a pat on the back. You survived a big change and you’re ready to welcome a wonderful new phase in your life.

While you’re packing, consider renting a self-storage unit to keep your excess possessions organized. With convenient storage facilities in Edmonton, St. Albert and Red Deer, we offer spacious units, 24-hour surveillance, climate-controlled bays and helpful staff. 

Be sure to explore our residential storage options and contact us to get pricing today.

From fine china and figurines to carved oak and mid-century furnishings, every antique has a story to tell.

Do you own a family heirloom passed down through the generations? Or, have you snapped up a rare trinket while thrift shopping? No matter how you’ve found your antique furniture, these beloved treasures hold deep sentimental value, and can often carry high financial worth.

It’s vital to store your collectibles in a safe and protected place, especially if you’re looking to cut down on clutter in your home. At U•STORE•IT, we offer spacious and secure self-storage, along with specialized packing supplies to safeguard your prized possessions.

Once you’ve chosen the best storage unit for you, be sure to take the right steps to stow away your valuables. Read on for helpful tips to prep, clean and store your antique furniture to keep your possessions sparkling and shining for decades to come. 

Dust off the cobwebs

Before you pack your antique furniture away, keep it looking fresh with a proper cleaning. Every collectible has unique care instructions, so research extensively before ever spraying it down with chemicals. Always read the package directions or consult an expert if you’re unsure how to proceed.

But, as a rule, antique collectors recommend you take these steps: 

  • Wipe down items like wood furniture with a soft, dry cloth to remove excess dust and grime. If that’s not doing the job, wax the wood with a natural polish, which prevents cracking and drying. 
  • Consider cleaning glazed porcelain and ceramics with isopropyl alcohol. However, steer clear of this chemical when wiping wood or painted glass, as it can strip the finish.
  • Dust off delicate pieces with a paintbrush or moisture-free canned air. But, avoid the temptation to over-clean jewelry, which can lose its shine when scrubbed too often.

Break it down

Stacking chairs to the ceiling might sound like a clever storage solution, but you’re risking damage to your antique furniture if you go this route.

Wherever possible, you should disassemble pieces to prevent stress and damage on joints. Try these tips:

  • Carefully dismantle removable pieces, such as legs, headboards, slats, shelves and drawers.
  • Stay organized by labeling each part and creating a complete checklist.
  • Take pictures to remind you how to put the furniture back together. If you should ever need to make an insurance claim, these photos will also come in handy as evidence.

Keep everything under wraps

When properly sealed and packed, antiques retain their beauty and value. Whether it’s a stately desk, ornate mirror or delicate doll, it’s essential to choose the correct material to protect your treasures. 

Luckily, we offer a variety of storage supplies to preserve your vintage collectibles:

  • Cover your antiques with protective paper pads to shield against dust, moisture and mildew.
  • Add Saf-T-Pak to the edges and corners of mirrors and artwork. Store them horizontally to prevent them from falling over.
  • Glass- and dish-guards will cushion your delicate pieces against chips and damage.
  • Depending on the size of the antique, place it in one of our small, medium or large storage boxes. Arrange pieces closely enough together to maximum square footage while still allowing air flow through the space.

Protect your precious antiques at U•STORE•IT

Your antique furniture deserves a safe and happy home, one that will keep it looking as immaculate as the day you inherited it.

Once you’ve cleaned and packed your possessions, we’re eager to help you choose the right self-storage unit for your needs. Our modern and highly hygienic storage facilities in Edmonton, St. Albert and Red Deer come fully equipped with 24-hour surveillance, climate-controlled bays and expert staff. 

Be sure to explore our residential storage options and contact us to get pricing today.

 

Whether you’re an up-and-coming small business or a more established enterprise, the perfect office space is hard to come by.

Perhaps you’re working from home, with papers stacked to the ceiling—or you’re maxing out on square footage in your current shop. It can be challenging to find the right workplace, one where productivity, collaboration, and inspiration come naturally.

From documents and equipment to shipping and receiving, commercial storage spaces are convenient options for keeping your excess inventory organized. But, have you ever wondered if you could actually run your office from a storage unit? Well, we’re here to debunk any misconceptions and answer your questions on operating a business using a storage facility.

So, can you run a business inside a storage unit?

The answer is two-fold: While our facilities are great for storing your belongings, like files, machinery, merchandise, and furniture, you can’t kick back behind your desk and run your day-to-day operations in your storage space

The ventilation and electrical systems are built to keep your important possessions safe and protected, rather than accommodate a body shop or a retail storefront.

But, there’s good news—you can still use our storage units to boost your business, grow capacity and encourage productivity.

Versatile commercial storage solutions

At U•STORE•IT, we offer an array of benefits for entrepreneurs who need a secure and spacious place to stow their valuable assets.

  • 24-hour surveillance and gated facilities to safeguard your important inventory
  • Climate-controlled bays to shield you against harsh weather
  • Variety of storage unit sizes, from small (25 sq. ft.) to large (300 sq. ft.)
  • Shelving, racks, and aisles to stack up your merch
  • Affordable truck rentals, along with free dollies and hand trucks on site
  • Storage insurance for as little as $7/month
  • Parcel receiving for when you’re away (extra charge)

We offer flex-office business solutions in St. Albert

Still looking for a place to set up shop? Our state-of-the-art U•STORE•IT St. Albert facility has you covered.

From creative freelancers to online apparel stores, you’ll love the freedom and connectivity our flex offices provide. Plus, you’ll be steps away from your storage unit, where you can ship, manage and secure your inventory. 

  • Modern office space with electricity, desks, and chairs
  • Reliab wifi for sending emails and managing digital platforms
  • Professional conference rooms to host client meetings
  • Cutting-edge tech: top-notch security, climate-controlled units, and in-floor heating

Keep business booming at U•STORE•IT

Managing your own venture is a monumental task. Our commercial storage solutions will help shoulder the weight, minimizing the chaos of clutter while protecting your valuables.

Ready to snatch up one of our storage units? We’re eager to help. Choose from one of our trusted U•STORE•IT Red Deer, St. Albert or Edmonton locations

Once you’ve narrowed down a location, be sure to explore our commercial storage options and contact us to get pricing today.

Learn How To Store Like A Pro

We’ve previously talked about the merits of self-storage and how picking the right self-storage unit can save you plenty of headaches and tears later when it comes to size. After you decide upon a self-storage unit that works for you and your items, what’s the most effective way of storing those items? It’s important to pack your items in a way that makes the most out of the unit you’ve got. Below are some ideas from your team at U•STORE•IT on how to maximize your space in a self-storage unit.

Use The Room

Most self-storage units tend to have high ceilings. Take advantage and stack your boxes vertically, making sure your boxes are sturdy enough that the bottom box can withstand the weight of other boxes stacked on top of it. Your heaviest items should stay at the bottom and your lightest boxes at the top. Pack them tightly to maximize the use of space and wrap up any fragile valuables in bubble wrap, paper or towers, and linens.

Stay Organized

Keep an inventory and let that dictate how you move items. Larger items you won’t be using should be stored at the far back and items you predict you’ll go back to should be kept somewhere closer to the door. Place your items in a U leaving enough room between your boxes and packages to create aisles to walk through and make sure all your items are labeled so you know exactly what to look for and create easy access to your belongings. Using your inventory list to create a map plotting where your belongings are in the U. Tape this map to one of the front boxes for you to reference whenever you need to grab something from your storage unit. If you add anything to the unit, make sure you add it to your map.

Think Creatively

There is a good chance that your items may not Tetris together inside your self-storage unit. There’s nothing wrong with that; it means you’ll have to be creative and think about how to best maximize the storage unit’s space to your advantage. Disassemble everything to reduce future moving headaches and stack chairs vertically seat by seat. Avoid creating any inaccessible pockets of space. If you have big furniture packed, you can use their hollow areas to create more space opportunities. You can store boxes inside of wardrobes, refrigerators, stoves and washing machines. Be sure to add this to your storage map and if at all possible, do not store anything in front of these items if you know you will need to access those boxes on a regular basis. Place your tables against the wall and use covers on all your items to keep them looking pristine.

How To Determine What Size Of Storage Unit You Need

The storage units we offer at U•STORE•IT are made to solve any challenge you have with storing the things most valuable to you. Self-storage units have housed it all: from furniture to boxes of archival materials to personal vehicles and more. So the question arises: what size storage space do I need? For the uninitiated, this can be challenging. Fortunately, when it comes to looking for the right self-storage unit size, we have a few tips to find the right storage solution for you.

1. Make An Inventory List

Before you undertake a task as monumental as packing a storage unit, it’s essential to make a list of all the items you’re planning on storing. Organize your items into two categories: items you intend to access on a regular basis and items that need to be sealed away as that will affect how you approach packing. Start visualizing your items in boxes, make notes as to whether you need to take apart anything. Disassembling furniture can help you pack units flat and could be the key decision in deciding what size unit to use. Make sure to label everything. Keeping labels on your belongings will make going back to your self-storage unit a whole lot easier.

2. Do Your Research

Size matters. It’s important to measure out the larger items you need to stow away in a self-storage unit. It’ll save you time by focusing on storage units that meet your needs. It can be difficult to assess how much space you will actually need, especially if you haven’t used storage units before. Once you’ve created an inventory and know just what’s going into storage, you can use that to better determine the size unit you need. We’ve taken some of the guesswork out of the equation by detailing the specs of our available storage units with our unit size guide. Our smallest one is a 5×5 unit, roughly equivalent to the size of a personal closet. Perfect if you were just looking to store some boxes or some other small household items. If you need something bigger to store your furniture, a 5×10 unit or a 10×10 unit would have enough space for the large appliances and furniture in your life. If that’s not enough, upgrade to the 10×30; it’s big enough to house the contents of a five-bedroom home.

3. Check Out The Unit In-Person

This step is one often overlooked by people but visiting the storage facility in person can immediately answer questions you have about what items can fit. U•STORE•IT offers tours of our facilities so that you can find the perfect size to fit your needs. Besides getting a good understanding of how to move your items in, you’ll also be able to make appropriate measurements and see if you will be able to take advantage of the unit’s height by stacking your boxes. Our staff is always on hand to answer any questions you have that can help make your storage experience a smooth one.

These steps can eliminate some of the challenges and risks involved in picking a self-storage unit with adequate space and get you much closer to having your belongings properly stored and accounted for.