How You Could Benefit from a Small Self-Storage Unit

8 Comment(s) | Posted | by Norm Kotoch, Jr. |

Self-storage units come in a variety of sizes to accommodate diverse business and personal needs.

On the smaller end, self-storage units are comparable to the size of walk-in closets. Specifically, 5x5 and 5x10 units provide ample space for individuals who don’t have room to store smaller household items or seasonal knickknacks, but don’t require a larger unit.

Below are several ways homeowners, students, renters and businesses can benefit from storing their belongings in a small storage unit.

Self-Storage for Homeowners

Small items can create clutter in your house, which is why many homeowners store their belongings in garages, attics and basements when items are not in use.

These spots are, however, more prone to temperature fluctuations, flooding and humidity, which could easily damage your belongings. While some weather-resistant items may be able to withstand these conditions, homeowners can preserve storable items and reduce clutter by utilizing a small, climate-controlled storage unit.

A 5x5 self-storage unit can provide enough space to accommodate belongings, such as:

  • Holiday decorations. String lights, wreaths or other items.
  • Home goods. Extra placemats, dishes and silverware.
  • Kitchen appliances. Small appliances, such as espresso machines or blenders.
  • Seasonal clothing. Sweaters, coats, bathing suits and shorts, depending on the season.

A 5x10 unit would be more suitable for slightly larger items, such as seasonal equipment and small furniture. Homeowners should utilize a 5x10 unit to store:

  • Couches or futons.
  • Kitchen table and chairs.
  • Lawnmowers.
  • Snow blowers.

Self-Storage for College Students

Transporting possessions to and from school can be a hassle, especially if you live far away. Students can avoid costly and time-consuming moves by utilizing a small self-storage unit to safeguard items during breaks, such as:

  • Desk lamps.
  • Mattress and bedding.
  • School supplies and textbooks (e.g., binders and folders).
  • Small appliances (e.g., coffee maker, mini fridge and televisions).

Students who live on-campus may only need a 5x5 storage unit, which provides enough space to store boxes, a desk and a chair. For students living off-campus or those who have more to store, consider a 5x10 unit. These larger units can accommodate bulkier items like a mattress or a full-size fridge, in addition to the items kept in a 5x5 unit. 

For added convenience, work with a vendor that offers self-storage valet services to safely transport your belongings to the storage facility.

Self-Storage for Apartment Renters

Most apartments have limited space, and any excess belongings can make them appear even smaller. For renters, a small self-storage unit provides additional room to stow away items that won’t fit in the apartment, but are too valuable to throw or give away.

Apartment dwellers may want to consider storing the following items:

  • Clothing.
  • Home goods.
  • Small appliances.
  • Small furniture (e.g., coffee tables, lamps and chairs).

The right unit size will depend on the amount of excess items the tenant needs to store. For example, someone with a few boxes of clothing and home goods would only require a 5x5 storage unit, while someone storing furniture and larger belongings might need a 5x10 unit.

Self-Storage for Businesses

Confidential files, such as employee records and tax documents, can pile up over time. To free up space and better organize your office, businesses can utilize a 5x5 or 5x10 unit to store sensitive documents, excess inventory and office supplies.

In addition, businesses should select a storage vendor that offers premium security storage units to ensure protection of sensitive information and peace of mind. When shopping around for a secured storage option, look for facilities with these features:

  • Ample lighting.
  • Individual door alarms.
  • Passcode-protected entry gate.
  • 24-hour video surveillance. 

For a business looking to store only a few boxes of files, a 5x5 storage unit should suffice. To accommodate larger items like seasonal furniture, equipment or inventory storage, businesses might consider a 5x10, 7.5x10 or even 10x10 unit.

Small self-storage units can serve a variety of purposes. Less storage space is required in these situations, making a small-sized storage unit the ideal option. 

In what ways could you benefit from storing belongings in a small self-storage unit? Share in the comment section below!

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  1. Kate Hansen's avatar
    Kate Hansen
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    As a college student myself, I limit the apartment I rent by how much storage it offers. Those that offer adequate space for my extra possessions usually are very expensive and take a toll on my budget. But I never considered that I could consider renting a self storage unit that is only 5x5 to hold my furniture and appliances when I go back home for the summer. I also was surprised to read that some self storage unit offer valet services to transport my belongings should I need that. I wonder how many students have thought about going in together in renting a unit to split the cost and take advantage of the extra space.
  2. Norm Kotoch's avatar
    Norm Kotoch
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    Thanks for taking the time to read this post, Kate. I’m very glad you found this information helpful. Renting a self-storage unit can be a great way for college students to simplify moving and make summer months less stressful when it comes to excess belongings. Let me know if you have any questions regarding our short-term storage solutions.
  3. Dennis Sanchez's avatar
    Dennis Sanchez
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    My sisters son is going to college soon and I was researching ways he might be able to make his stay great. I love what you said about college students being able to extra school supplies that they might need in the future. It would reduce the amount of drives home that he would need, saving him a lot of gas money. Thanks for the great read.
  4. Norm Kotoch's avatar
    Norm Kotoch
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    Thanks for taking the time to read this post, Dennis! I’m very glad you found this post helpful. Self-storage units can help take the pressure off the parents (and college student) when it comes to figuring out where to put belongings short-term. Please let me know if you have any questions about different unit sizes or amenities.
  5. Scott's avatar
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    I had no idea that the things I would usually store in my basement or attic could be damaged by the temperature or humidity. It's understandable why keeping your belongings in good condition would be important for future events. My cousin is looking into moving some things in the basement so that he can remodel it. He might consider sorting the things out and putting some of it in a storage unit.
  6. Norm Kotoch's avatar
    Norm Kotoch
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    Thanks for reading, Scott. Taking advantage of a climate-controlled storage unit is definitely a great way to rid your home of clutter, all while protecting items for future use. Please let me know if you have any questions about our climate-controlled units.
  7. Norm Kotoch's avatar
    Norm Kotoch
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    I agree, Frank. Small units are perfect for individuals who have a limited amount of precious belongings to store.
  8. Rhianna Hawk's avatar
    Rhianna Hawk
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    I have an extreme clutter problem, not because I'm a hoarder or anything, but because I have a very small house and a lot of things to keep in it. Getting a self storage unit for seasonal storage would be great, for sure, especially as I tend to go all-out with Christmas decorations and that takes up a lot of room during the other seasons. Getting a little unit should be just fine, just so long as there is room to stack up the boxes.

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