Disorganization can waste valuable time and limit productivity while an organized and clutter-free home can be more relaxing to live in. One option is to use a storage pod to temporarily store seasonal or extra items. There are a few steps and precautions to take, however, before opting for off-site storage.
First and foremost, follow the two-year rule. If something hasn’t been used or worn for two years, donate or discard it.
Rent the right size storage unit
The price of a storage unit rises with its size, which can range from the size of an average closet up to the size of a double garage. Prices can range from $50-$600+ a month. Choose a unit with slightly more space than the items you want to store, just in case more items need to be stored in the future.
Ensuring that the storage company is safe to work with should be a top priority. Most storage units have above average security measures, with personalized PINs for each customer. However, it is still important to check reviews of the company and ask other renters if they have heard about any problems or break-ins.
Discuss insurance policies
Some storage companies offer insurance deals along with the monthly storage unit rent. Review the insurance policy in detail before signing the rental contract, paying close attention to what the storage company is willing to do in case of theft or damage.