A Self-Storage Holiday Checklist

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With the winter holidays approaching, you have so much on your mind. You’re shopping for gifts, getting out the festive decorations, and planning to bake an assortment of sweets. This is a time to remember family and renew faith, and to enjoy the time spent with loved ones. People may ask what you’d like for a gift, and while you probably have a list stashed somewhere part of you may concede to at least one practical present. Storage space, for one, is a necessity you don’t think of giving to a person, but it could make a great gift for yourself.

If you do have a rented self-storage unit, you may end up visiting it often during the busy holiday season. Whether you’re there to retrieve the tree and the outdoor lights and Christmas signage, or you’re removing stuff to make room for next year’s storage, you would do well to compose a storage wish list. Self-storage helps you organize your home and remove clutter from high-traffic rooms. If you have not yet rented a unit, here are some items to put on that wish list.

1) Sturdy boxes and containers to hold items. As children grow older you may hesitate to get rid of clothes that no longer fit or toys that are left in closets. Some things may be handed down, so you hold them for a while. You’ll need good containers for this task – color coded to help you find things on the fly.

2) Colored tape for easy labeling. With some boxes, it’s helpful to use colored tape to mark which items came from your kitchen, and which from your bedroom. From there, it’s only a matter of grabbing the right box and going about the rest of your day.

3) A secure lock. Even in self-storage facilities with security, there is always the risk of theft. Many places offer locks for sale, but if you want a particular brand you can get one for your unit.

4) A good hand truck. Nobody likes to carry heavy boxes, especially if long distances are involved. A hand truck for stacking boxes lets you move with ease, plus it is a good tool to have around the house for other jobs.

This holiday season, consider the gift of rented storage space for your family. With unnecessary items placed in a unit, you have more room to breathe and enjoy the new gifts.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on Norfolk self-storage and Chesapeake self-storage.

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