Self-Storage 101: Your Declutter Guide

Published on 4/1/2024

Our self storage facility in Livingston, Texas, Home Town Mini Storage.

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Self-Storage!

Spring cleaning unearthing more than you bargained for? Moving across town and need a temporary haven for your belongings? Maybe you're finally launching that dream business but need a place to store inventory. Whatever your reason, a self-storage unit can be a lifesaver. But before you dive headfirst into renting the first space you see, this blog is here to guide you through the process. We'll answer all the essential questions you might have, from figuring out the right size unit to keeping your belongings safe and sound. So, whether you're a seasoned storage pro or a complete newbie, this blog is your one-stop shop for navigating the world of self-storage. Let's declutter the confusion and find the perfect unit for your needs! 

Part 1: Laying the Groundwork

  • Know Before You Rent: We'll break down the essential questions to ask yourself before signing a contract. What are the terms of the rental agreement? How secure is the facility? What size unit will you actually need? How much will it cost? By understanding your needs from the get-go, you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect unit. Here is more to know: 10 things you should know before renting a self- storage unit.
  • Choosing Your Castle: All storage facilities are not created equal! We'll explore important factors like security measures (think surveillance cameras, gated access, and on-site managers), access hours (will you need 24/7 access?), amenities (are there moving carts or a packing station available?), and of course, proximity to your location. So, lower the draw bridge and enter your self storage castle: Choosing the right self-storage facility.
  • Protecting Your Treasures: Tenant protection safeguards your belongings in case of theft, fire, or even water damage. We'll explain the different coverage options and why having tenant protection might be an essential step to avoid financial heartache. So rest easy with: Peace of mind: Exploring self-storage tenant protection plans.

Part 2: Sizing Up Your Needs

  • Finding the Perfect Fit: Storage units come in a surprising variety of shapes and sizes. We'll decipher unit dimensions (what's the difference between a 5x10 and a 10x20 unit, anyway?) and help you choose the ideal size to store your belongings without wasting space or spending extra money. Take out the guess work in: Choosing the perfect self-storage unit size.
  • Climate Control: Consider this! We'll discuss the pros and cons of climate-controlled units, which maintain a stable temperature and humidity level. This can be crucial for storing sensitive items like electronics, artwork, or musical instruments. Can’t decide if you need climate control, we can help: Do I need a climate controlled storage unit?
  • Know What's Not Allowed: Safety first! We'll cover a list of items that are typically prohibited in storage facilities due to safety concerns. This might include hazardous materials, perishable foods, and certain flammable liquids. Don’t know if its allowed? This blog is for you: What not to stash in you self storage unit.

Part 3: Packing Like a Pro

  • Container Conquest: Cardboard boxes are a self-storage staple, but there's more to the container game! We'll explore different storage container options for optimal organization within your unit, like plastic bins, wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes, and stackable storage shelves. So get: Boxed up and bon voyage: Storage vessels for your belongings.
  • Paper Power: Business documents require special care and organization. We'll offer solutions for storing important files and records efficiently, saving you space and frustration in the long run. Drowning in paper? Self storage to the rescue.

Part 4: The Not-So-Fun Stuff

  • Delinquency and Auctions: Life throws curveballs sometimes, but what happens if you can't pay your rent? We'll explain the process of storage unit auctions and how to avoid them altogether by staying on top of your payments and communicating with the facility manager if you run into trouble. Will they really sell my stuff? Unmasking self-storage auctions.

We hope this declutter guide serves as a valuable springboard for your self-storage journey. Ready to find your perfect storage unit? Visit our Online Rental page to browse available units and rent your unit online in minutes!

Mike Richardson

President and half owner of Home Town Mini Storage

14 years’ experience in the self-storage industry