If you’re planning a move soon, you’re probably looking for ways to make it logistically easier and less stressful. A self-storage unit could be just the thing to keep you calm and sane during one of life’s most stressful events.
A storage unit is more than just a place to dump stuff you’ll never look at again. A self-storage unit can be invaluable if you live in a home or apartment with little extra room for storage, but it can also be a formidable tool to make your next move more manageable. You can use a storage unit to store large items you’ve bought for your new place or to store clutter while you’re staging your home. It also offers you the option to move your stuff a little at a time, so you don’t have to feel pressured to pack your whole house onto, and off of, a moving truck in a single day. You can move your stuff at your own pace, buying yourself extra time to sort out and pack up your possessions. Let’s take a look at how self-storage can make your next move your easiest one.
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Cut Clutter While You’re Staging Your Home
Staging your home for sale can be one of the most stressful parts of moving. A staged home should be kept neat and tidy, and that can be hard to achieve while you’re living in it.
You can make it easier by removing clutter from your home. You’ll also need somewhere to put that ugly armchair that doesn’t go with the rest of your decor. Self-storage gives you the space you need to remove any clutter from your home during staging, making it look less lived-in and easing some of the burden of constantly needing to pick up your home for showings.
Store Items for the New Place
Lots of people in large metro areas, like Los Angeles, rent storage units so they have a place to keep stuff they need but can’t fit in their tiny apartments. Many also use them as a place to store items they’re accumulating for their next, bigger, place.
If you’re upgrading to a bigger place, you’ll probably need some more furniture for your bigger home. And there’s no need to wait until you’re in the home to start shopping. Depending on how big your upgrade is, you might need some new furniture from day one in order to be comfortable in your new home. And you may want to take advantage of a sale or another limited opportunity to get your hands on something you love for a good price. No need to wait — grab it now and stick it in your storage unit.
Buy Yourself More Time to Pack and Unpack
If you’re planning to load everything onto the moving truck at once and then unload it all at once, in the same day or weekend, you’re setting yourself up for exhaustion, stress, and feelings of overwhelm. Having a deadline to get out of your old place can make you feel frantic when you leave packing until the last minute.
With a storage unit in the mix, you can start packing early, and even move your newly packed boxes out of your old place to await transfer to the new, whether on moving day or later on. You can start by packing the stuff you use least, arranging it at the back of the storage unit so that the stuff you need more often will be easy to reach at the front. You can move your smaller items by car, and save just the large stuff for the moving truck — that could save you money by allowing you to rent a smaller truck, and it’ll make moving day shorter and less stressful. Once you’re in your new place, you can move your boxes out of the storage unit a few at a time, unpacking them as you’re ready, so you can feel at home in your new place right away and not have to face piles of boxes in every room and weeks of living in clutter and chaos as you slowly unpack.
Self-storage might not be the first thing you think of when you start to plan a move, but it can be hugely useful to your logistics. Take some of the pressure off, move a little at a time, and start buying stuff for your new place now. Your storage unit makes it all possible.