7 Ways Self Storage Can Improve Your Life

Does the concept of self storage improving life sound like hyperbole? 


Well, maybe just a little bit. Self storage won’t solve all of life’s problems, but it can help you make significant changes that may have a big impact on your sense of wellbeing, your creativity and spontaneity, as well as family relationships and home harmony.


Here’s how:


Decluttering Living Spaces


One of the main reasons people use self storage is to declutter living areas. Over time, we tend to accumulate items that are not regularly used but still hold value or sentimental significance, and these end up in cupboards that could otherwise be used for more useful things.


Items we hold onto include:


  • Seasonal items: Decorations for Christmas, Halloween or Easter among others, seasonal sports gear, summer camping equipment, outdoor toys and garden furnishings.
  • Sentimental belongings: Things like family heirlooms, children’s artwork, old photo albums, holiday souvenirs.
  • Excess furniture: Nursery equipment you’re saving for future family additions, spare beds, the big dining table that only gets used for celebratory gatherings. 


By moving these items to a local self-storage unit, you’re clearing out stuff you ‘might’ use for stuff you ‘do’ use. When items move from one category to the other, use your storage room as a swap station and keep your home tidy and spacious. 


Managing Life Transitions


Nothing stays the same for ever, and when life changes your needs change too. Self storage can help you adapt, offering breathing space while you transition from one life phase to the next. 


  • Moving house: During a move, there may be a gap between when you need to vacate your current home and move into the new one. Alternatively, maybe you need to rethink your space to help with staging during the selling period. Self-storage provides a safe place to store belongings, even if only temporarily.
  • Renovations: Home improvements often mean your space gets worse before it gets better. It helps things go quicker and with fewer mishaps if you can move possessions out of the working area. Self storage is an ideal solution whether you need an entire room or just a storage locker. 
  • Downsizing: You might be downsizing your living space, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to downsize your possessions. Using self-storage for life events can help with the transition, allowing you to experiment with what fits into your new space without the stress or worry over what to keep and what to let go. 


Storing Seasonal and Hobby Items


Hobby gear can take up lots of space, and many of us have several hobbies or interests, some more active than others.


  • Bulky equipment: Bicycles, skis, snowboards, fishing gear, tents and other gear can be stored during off-seasons.
  • Gardening tools: Lawn mowers, leaf blowers, jet washers, even smaller items like hand tools take up space and aren’t used for part of the year.
  • Craft supplies: Crafting or DIY projects often need machinery that takes up a lot of space when it’s not being used. Things like sewing or knitting machines, looms, spinning wheels, painting easels… even wood turners and lathes. When you’re taking a sabbatical from a particular interest, self-storage is the best place for the bulky machines you’re not using. 


Creating a Home Office or Workspace


Working from home is well-established now, whether you’re self employed or traditionally employed. Setting up even a basic home office where you can work undisturbed usually means making some rearrangements at home. 


Self storage can help you create a work area that’s both inspiring and functional without cluttering up other areas of the house or forcing the sale of furnishings you might want back in future.


Organising Small Living Spaces


In smaller homes, space is at a premium and you may need to make some tough or heart breaking decisions about which items to part with or do without. Using every nook and cranny for clever storage solutions helps (look at some of the amazing uses of space in Tiny Homes) but it’s not the whole answer.


Local, cost-effective self storage, helps you live bigger even when there’s not much space inside your four walls. You can live a clutter-free life by only having at home what you actually need for today. When tomorrow’s needs change, it’s simple to rearrange your space to suit.


Protecting Valuables and Important Items


Security and safety worries are a concern for lots of us, especially if we have irreplaceable items to care for. Nobody lives in a bank vault, and of course it’s not just theft that concerns us. Accidents like fires or floods can also be a worry.


  • Heirlooms and antiques: They can mean the world to us, even though they may not cost the earth. 
  • Documents and records: Important paperwork – maybe property deeds, wills, business records and other legal documents can be safely locked away in self storage.


Space for Home Business Needs


Some people run their small businesses from their self storage room, preventing overwhelming the home environment and also providing a better sense of work/life balance.


If your business is home-base, unless it’s entirely online you’ll need space for: 


  • Stock: Reclaim your spare room or even your hall and stairs by stowing boxes of inventory in self storage. 
  • Equipment: Keep expensive business equipment safe between uses, including items like trade show displays, seasonal equipment, and promotional materials.
  • Files and records: With cloud storage there’s less need for bulky filing cabinets but you probably still have some paper-based docs that need archiving. 


Consumerism is part of society and you’d have to be super-strict to avoid accumulating items. Judicial self storage use means it needn’t be a problem because you can indulge collections, hobbies, business needs or life changes and still maintain a clutter-free, harmonious lifestyle at home.


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