Self Storage│The Secret Weapon for Your Next Move

“Moving is so much fun,” said no one EVER. But, it can be a bit less stressful with planning, organization, and self storage

One solution to your moving dilemmas can be renting a self storage unit during your move. Self storage and moving are compatible. When you’re involved in moving, you discover numerous items that you’ve forgotten about. You don’t want to discard them, but you don’t want to take them to your new home. With a self storage unit, you have the extra space to keep your belongings until you decide how to handle them. Most facilities have month-to-month leases, so you won’t be forced to make a long-term commitment. Additionally, U-Haul rental trucks are available at many self storage facilities; you can make use of them for moving that clutter into your storage unit.


Benefits of Renting a Self Storage Unit During a Move

Time Savings

When you’re moving, you feel like you’re short on time – and you are. If you rent a self storage unit and gradually move things in prior to moving day, you’ll relieve the time crunch. Look around and think about what you don’t use on a regular basis. You probably won’t be using your Christmas decor any time soon, and the punch bowl that serves 200 will also qualify for early storage. This not only saves time on moving day, but clutter in your new home. You can retrieve these items when you need them or once you’ve gotten settled. You may eventually find that you don’t even want some of these items, and you can donate or dispose of them when the moving chaos subsides.

Smooth Transition

In many cases, sellers have either sold their home before they’ve found a new place to live or are waiting for the building to be completed. This means temporarily moving to a hotel or staying with family. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to store all of your furniture in anyone’s garage. A self storage unit will provide you with a convenient, secure place to store your belongings. Month-to-month leases, available at most self storage facilities, give you the flexibility that you need in this situation. 

Selling Your Home

When your home is on the market, decluttering is a must. Try to leave minimal amount of clothing and household items in your closets and cupboards. You can pack up the overflow, and move it into a self storage unit. With your closets almost empty, buyers can have the pleasure of imagining their own clutter in them. 

Another consideration is staging. To make your home more appealing to potential buyers, most realtors will recommend hiring a stager to make your space look like a set on HGTV (not that it doesn’t already look that trendy). What do you do with the extra furnishings and decor? Store them. With short-term leasing, you can relax and let the buyers think they’re on the set of Love It or List It.

Downsizing vs. Upsizing

If you’re retiring and moving into a smaller home, be assured that a lifetime of accumulated stuff will probably not fit into your new space. Instead of discarding items that you may need and want later, lease a self storage unit. This will give you extra time to let your children fight over your belongings.

If you’re moving from an apartment to a larger home, you may need some storage for the extra furnishings that you purchase prior to moving into the new place.This way, you won’t have to pass up that great buy on a vintage velvet painting of dogs playing poker. Just be sure to put it in a climate-controlled self storage unit.

After the Move

As you’re happily settling into your new home, you’ll discover a plethora of other uses for your storage unit. Life’s transitions are always with us. Depending on your circumstances, you may start a small business, get married, or have a baby. The small business will expand, and the baby will grow into a teenager and then a college student. Nevertheless, the clutter will never overwhelm you because you have self storage.


If this article has persuaded you to lease a self storage unit prior to your move, check out our article on Money Saving Self Storage Tips. Happy moving!




Self Storage: How to Transport and Store a Mattress

You spend approximately one-third of your day on your mattress. Along with a good night’s sleep, you want comfort, support and durability. With the vast array of available choices, sizes and styles, finding the right mattress is challenging. You shop for hours and stretch out in your favorite sleeping position on what seems like hundreds of mattresses. After all of this, you still may not be able to make a decision.

In addition to this side show, selections go on forever: innerspring, memory foam, gel foam, hybrid, and latex, to name a few. It takes not only a lot of time to locate the right mattress, but also a lot of money. This is not something you want to do on an annual basis. With the right care, you shouldn’t have to. 

There may be times that your mattress has to find a temporary home in self storage. Maybe you’re building a new house and it’s not ready before the old one sells, or you’re temporarily downsizing. In any case, it’s a good idea to understand how to store your mattress safely to keep it free from damage or deterioration.

How to Transport and Store a Mattress

Transport Your Mattress in a  Covered Moving Truck

For the love of all that is holy, please don’t tie your mattress down on the top of your car. And do not have one of your buddies hold it down as you drive to your destination. If you can’t figure out why this doesn’t work, you may as well stop reading now. You’re either going to distort your mattress by tying it down too tightly or destroy it because it will fly off of the car onto the road. Squashing it into the bed of a pickup truck is no better. This could damage the springs as well as the entire structure of your mattress. Ideally, you should transport your mattress in a safe, covered moving truck. It will be protected from mishaps as well as the elements. You’ll find that many good storage facilities have rental trucks available on site.

Choose the Right Self Storage Facility for Your Mattress

To keep your mattress in good condition, it should be stored in the proper environment. When you’re looking for a storage facility, climate-controlled storage is a must. Climate-controlled storage will keep the temperature and humidity of your unit at the optimum levels to keep your mattress free of mold and mildew. Be sure that your unit is well-maintained, free of pests and has sufficient room to store the mattress flat, not in an upright position leaning against the wall. 

Give Your Mattress a Thorough Cleaning

Give your mattress a thorough cleaning prior to placing it in storage You can keep pests and unpleasant odors away by cleaning the mattress before you store it. Upholstery cleaner and a good vacuuming should get the job done. 

Cover Your Mattress

Even if all you can do is wrap your mattress in a tarp or plastic sheeting, some protection is better than none. Don’t leave your mattress to the mercy of dirt and pests. If your self storage facility sells moving and packing supplies, they probably have a variety of protectors available, including vinyl covers, plastic covers, and mattress bags.

Lay Your Mattress Flat

Standing a mattress on its side is not the best way to store a mattress. While that may work for a quick ride in a moving truck, it doesn’t work for short- or long-term storage. If you store a mattress on its side, it may fold and buckle, leaving it lumpy. Store it the way you sleep on it – flat. This will keep the structure in place and prevent damage.

Don’t Use Your Mattress as a Base for Heavy Items

If you stack heavy cartons on your mattress, you’ll cause permanent impressions. Using your mattress again will be impossible. If you’re tight on space, you can stack your mattress on top of a level surface. For example, a collection of heavy boxes placed on the floor, would make a good base for a mattress. 

When Your Ready to Retrieve Your Mattress

Air Out and Clean Your Mattress

After being stored, your mattress may need freshening. No matter how clean your storage unit and how carefully you stored it, your mattress can develop a musty odor that will make sleeping unpleasant. Clean your mattress the same way you did prior to storing. When you’re finished with cleanup, sprinkle baking soda on your mattress. Let it sit for 10 minutes to absorb any remaining odors and vacuum the baking soda before you make the bed. 


If you follow the guidelines in this article you should be able to enjoy your mattress for years, even after a lengthy storage period.