The Ultimate Guide to Using Self-Storage

Over time, you can accumulate a lot of items that your home can’t accommodate any longer. You will need extra space for these things.

You could keep them in a spare room, in the garage, or in a closet. But often, these spaces are already full of used clothes, mementoes with sentimental value, extra or damaged furnishings, seasonal equipment, and other goods that may still be valuable.

The good news is that self-storage is an option you can consider.

What Is Self-Storage?

Self-storage pertains to renting storage units of different sizes and amenities from a reputable storage company. So no matter how bulky or how many items you wish to keep, you can do so for as long as you want. Best of all, you can have easy access to your items whenever you need them.

5 Common Uses of Self-Storage

Each year, the storage industry constantly grows and expands. More and more homeowners are now keeping their items in these reliable spaces instead of letting them gather dust or slowly break down in their garages or closets due to improper storage and/or lack of protective packaging.

Self-storage is proven to be beneficial if you find yourself in the following situations:

  1. Downsizing

Some people are moving from bigger homes to smaller flats or apartments. Whatever the reason may be, it is not practical for you to bring all your appliances, furniture, and other items into your new, smaller residence. You could end up filling up all the precious space, giving you hardly any room to breathe.

So for items that are too valuable to donate or sell which you simply cannot part with, consider keeping them in a storage unit. You’ll be assured that everything you store will remain safe and in excellent conditions until you decide to retrieve them.

  1. Decluttering

A clean home translates to a healthy household. So make sure to clean out your basement, attic, and closets on a regular basis. For items you no longer use, consider giving them away or putting them on sale. But for things you wish to keep, rent a self-storage facility so you can have a spacious, tidy home all year round.

  1. Renovating

If, for example, you need to undergobathroom and kitchen renovations, you must vacate the space so workers can do their job properly. Of course, it would not be practical to move all your items from these rooms out in the hallway and living room while there are people working on your home. Instead, consider renting a storage unit – keep everything that has temporarily lost a place in your house in it while the renovation process is still in progress.

In the event that you need to keep some of your items within reach, a portable storage unit is a great option. You can keep this weather-proof unit on-site. The storage company can set it up right outside your house so you can have access to your essentials anytime.

  1. Relocating

A home relocation can be overwhelming, especially if you are moving overseas. If you can’t move all your items in one go, renting a storage unit is your best move. Self-storage will keep your appliance, furniture, and other goods secure and damage-free, just waiting for you to get them.

  1. Business/office cleanup

Reliable storage units are beneficial to businesses as well. For instance, companies can rent these units to hold surplus stock, serve as a distribution hub, or to keep old equipment and furniture.

Items You Can Store

With minimal preparation, you can store items like electronics, clothes, books, and non-perishable items. In addition, you can keep appliances and furniture, but they must be cleaned first and packed properly.

Take note that if you don’t know how to properly pack your items for storage, you can let professionals pack everything on your behalf for a minimal fee.

Items You Must Not Store

There are items you can’t keep in your storage unit because they are either hazardous or forbidden. These include garbage, perishable goods, guns and ammunition, and illegal items like drugs and stolen goods. Also, hazardous, flammable and explosive materials are forbidden because they can cause explosion or fire. Pets and plants, whether living or dead, are not permitted as well.

Using a self-storage unit is indeed a reliable option if you are looking for a safe and secure space for your items. But remember that not all storage firms are created equal, so you must be meticulous in choosing which company to work with. Don’t base your decision only on the price of the unit; rather, focus on the reputation and quality of service the company provides. Most importantly, choose a service provider you feel comfortable working with.


Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services & storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sq ft of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.