“Your home is living space, not storage space” – Francine Jay
There is an old saying that goes, ‘the more space you have, the greater the need to fill it.’ I have fallen into this trap myself, firstly with my parents’ storage sheds as a child, and later with my own home where we had a 3-car garage full of belongings. Other people rent self-storage sheds to store items they cannot fit in their home and want to hang on to, while some people need to store items between moves.
There are 2 main options for storage – removal companies storage and self storage. There are positives and negatives to both options, and it is all about finding the best one for you. Storing with a removalist means you cannot access your goods, however with self storage you are able to access your belongings at any time, making it more flexible if you want to access the goods. It is important to remember that you get what you pay for, so don’t just go with the cheaper option. Look at the big picture and what is going to work best for you.
Top tips for storage solutions:
1. Be aware that some storage facilities are not fumigated, so your items may encounter wildlife such as cockroaches and silverfish. Moisture in items can also lead to bad odours and mould.
2. When organising self-storage for removalists to unload, make sure the size is big enough; otherwise, you may need extra space, costing you more in rent and unloading costs.