Whether you plan to move into a new home or build your dream house, your primary concern is likely packing and transporting your belongings. But in the chaos of moves, you may feel stressed or overwhelmed. Fortunately, you can make the entire process easier by using a self-storage unit.
Discover exactly how you can make your entire move easier to handle by opting for a self-storage unit.
Pack What You Need and Store What You Don’t
Any move comes with a never-ending to-do list of cleaning, packing, and transporting belongings. But the last thing you likely want to do while boxing up your possessions is maneuver around towers of cardboard in your current or new home. So instead of creating a maze of crates within your abode, let a storage unit keep your belongings out of the way.
Before you put boxes in a storage unit, however, pack and organize your items smartly. Keep items like food, kitchen materials (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, countertop appliances), in-season clothing, toiletries, and electronics in your current home so you can still use them as necessary. If you slowly pack before your move, keep most furniture and appliances so you can stay as comfortable as possible.
Storage is the perfect solution for items you don’t use regularly or have an immediate need for. For example, you can put out-of-season clothing, unused toys, books, or appliances you don’t use every day into storage so they don’t clutter up your home.
Not sure what items to put where? Take a few minutes and examine your home room by room, and note the things you need to keep and what you can live without temporarily.
Use Self-Storage While in Temporary Housing
Depending on your circumstances, you may need to stay in temporary housing between moves. Whether you rent an apartment or stay with family, short-term housing might add to the stress — especially if you live in a smaller space.
Use the tips in the section above to pack the items you need on a daily basis, and bring those belongings with you to your temporary abode. Put anything else in storage so you don’t overcrowd your interim living space.
Unfortunately, these kinds of housing arrangements might not allow you to decorate or make the space feel homey, so take care to pack and store decor, appliances, and other items carefully and put them in storage. Consult with your landlord or property manager (if applicable) to see what allowances you have for hanging decor or changing a space.
Also, keep the timing of your temporary living arrangements in mind. For example, if you only need to live in an apartment for three months until your new home is ready for move-in, you may prefer to keep most of your belongings in storage so the remaining move is a breeze. On the other hand, if you plan to build a new home in another state and live in temporary housing for a year, you may need to keep more items with you rather than in storage.
Create Less Work for Yourself
Regardless of your housing situation in between moves, you’ll likely need to access your possessions at some point. Sure, keeping your items in your current abode may seem easier when you need to find something. But by opting to put them in storage, you stay more organized. You’re also less likely to fully unpack boxes and create more work for yourself in the process.
Plus, storage units typically allow you frequent access, so if you ever need anything, you can get to it night or day.
Take Your Time Moving
One of the best benefits of using a storage unit is that you can take your time during each phase of the move — especially if you start early. Start in one room of your house, then begin packing. Label and organize boxes by person, room, and contents so you know exactly where to find your possessions and how to organize the boxes in storage.
After you’ve loaded and sealed a few boxes, take them to your storage unit and keep them out of sight. Continue the process until you’ve moved every necessary item into storage. On moving day, you’ll have fewer boxes to load, transport, and unload. As you start settling into your new space, you may even feel less stressed with the unpacking process. Simply unbox the items you brought with you.
When you’re done, collect a few more boxes from your storage and repeat the process until you’re fully unpacked. Taking this step at a reasonable pace also keeps your space safer. The fewer boxes and loose moving supplies scattered throughout your house, the less likely you are to trip or sustain injury.
Whatever your storage needs, trust North Star Mini Storage to help meet them. Our family-owned and -operated business will gladly help you find the right unit and provide you with peace of mind through advanced security features. Whenever you’re ready, give us a call.