Canadians are cutting back on spending as inflation tightens its grip on our society. We’re putting off buying new things by holding onto what we have a little longer.
The trouble is, we need to store all this stuff somewhere when it’s not in use. If you’re considering moving to a larger, more expensive home to accommodate all your belongings, wait.
Renting a storage unit for seasonal storage is a much cheaper and less inconvenient option. Take the first step towards de-cluttering your home today by learning how to find the right storage unit size for your needs.
Determine Why You Need Storage Unit Rental
For most Canadians, participating in seasonal sports is key to living a satisfying life. That means many of us have closets full of sports clothing and equipment that we only use for part of the year.
This equipment, along with seasonal clothing items is likely to make up the majority of your storage requirements. Remember, you may need a very small unit for your summer sports gear and clothing and a larger one for your winter equipment like skis.
During the planning phase, you should also consider whether you’d like to store any other items to help save space in your home or if you want to move to a smaller house.
It’s usually best to rent a unit that’s bigger than the size you think you need, so you don’t need to go in search of large storage units later.
Draft an Inventory of Items for Storage
Don’t guess your storage unit needs. Rather, make a detailed inventory of the items you’d like to place in storage.
Walk through your home and garage and write down everything that’s creating stress by cluttering your home. You can use this list to help figure out how many boxes you’ll need for storage.
Be sure to measure any items that you can’t pack into a box, such as large sporting equipment or pool equipment.
Try a Trial Run
Browse some storage facility websites to check the availability of storage units in your area.
Once you know the options available to you, mark out a space equal to the size of the smallest unit in your driveway or garage using painter’s tape.
Pay attention to the way the facility describes the dimensions of its units, as this will affect your packing strategy. A 5×10 unit is five feet wide by ten feet long, while a 10×5 unit is ten feet wide by five feet long.
Storage unit ceilings are normally around eight feet tall. Try fitting all your boxes into your demarcated space to get an idea of what size unit you’ll need.
Alternatively, you can use our space calculator to anticipate your storage needs.
Rent Your Ideal Storage Unit for Seasonal Storage
Once you’ve established your requirements regarding a storage unit for seasonal storage, you need to find a facility you can trust with your treasured possessions.
Access Mini Storage LTD offers a range of alarmed, heated, and video-monitored large and small storage units at three locations in Chilliwack. Browse our affordable options and book yours now.