How Many Self-Storage Units Do You Need?

Self Storage Tips


Ryan Moore
October 12th, 2021


Self-Storage units can be a great way to de-clutter your home and keep important items safe. Maybe you are looking for a place to store your off-seasons items or furniture you’ve inherited from a family member or antiques that you have collected throughout the years. How many storage units your need is dependent on what you want to store, and how big the items are. In this blog, you’ll learn how to decide what to keep in a storage facility, what sizes storage units come in, and the importance of organization. A storage unit is one of the most helpful things someone can rent to keep their items safe and in order, but it’s important you learn about these concepts before you rent.

How To Decide What To Store In a Storage Facility
Begin by having five bins that are labeled as the following, things you want to keep in the unit, things you want to store in your home, items that can be donated, items that can be sold, trash, and things you can recycle or repurpose. You want to begin here because if you think all of your items can’t fit in a single storage unit, it’s most likely because you haven’t gone through them and really considered if you’ll ever be needing the items again.

Create an Inventory
Being organized and creating an inventory of the items you want to store is the easiest way to figure out how many storage units you need. It may seem overly detailed but you’d be surprised at how useful it is when deciding on your amount of units and unit size, and can save you money in the long run. Measure your items and write them down on inventory before you go to a storage facility.

Research Unit Sizes
Storage units range in size, from small 3x3 feet to 10x30 feet. They even have storage units that are specifically designed to fit cars and are up to 50 feet long. You may be able to save money by renting a larger unit as opposed to do smaller ones, ask around and compare prices from different companies so you can find the best deal.

So How Many Storage Units Do You Actually Need?
Once you’ve done your research and followed the steps laid out above, it’s time to calculate how much space you need for the items you need to be stored. Move.org suggests that you calculate the square footage of all your items, using the measurements you took when creating your inventory. This is more important for larger pieces like furniture as small items can be stored on racks and shelves to save square footage space. Then choose which size storage unit you need and if you need multiples.

Storage facilities are a great way to keep your items safe from damage, theft, and clutter. Choosing a unit size that allows you to fit your stuff and keep it easily accessible will make your life so much easier in the long run.


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