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So you have a lot of extra things at home that you don’t want to throw away, but you don’t have room for them either. You already have everything kondo-ed to get rid of that you don’t need or don’t enjoy. You have checked all possible storage locations in your house three times – attic, basement, crawl space, under the stairs – and you are running out of space. It is probably time to rent a storage unit.
But what size do you need? Get one that is too big and you pay for the space you need. Get one that is too small and you will face the same problem you started with. Happily, Brie Greenhalgh at BobVila.com has some tips to help you find a storage unit that is just the right size. Here’s what to do.
Pack your things
To find out which storage unit you need, Greenhalgh recommends Start by packing up the things that you need to keep. But don’t just pile it up – actually wrap it up or put it in plastic buckets like you actually do when you actually store it (including bubble wrap around anything fragile).
Estimate the space required
Then stack all the boxes, containers and furniture and estimate the cubic volume. Otherwise, according to Greenhalgh, you’ll need to estimate the space required based on the dimensions of your largest or bulky items and the boxes to be stored. According to Greenhalgh, you can calculate this in two ways:
- Multiply the length and width of all of your items while stacked together, or add the measurements of each item individually. This gives you a total square foot measurement. If the stack grows to be 8 feet by 8 feet, you’ll need at least a 64 square foot storage unit.
- Multiply the length, width, and height of all of your items while stacked together, or add the measurements of each item individually. This will give you a total cubic foot measurement. If the stack grows to be 8 x 8 x 8 feet, you’ll need at least one storage unit of 512 cubic feet.
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Greenhalgh says the average size of the storage units is as follows:
- Small: up to 50 square feet (400 cubic feet)
- middle: up to 150 square feet (1,200 cubic feet)
- Big: up to 300 square feet (2,400 cubic feet)
Think about the future
Unless you just need short-term storage, consider your future plans and consider adding more material to your device. According to Greenhalgh, it is generally cheaper to rent a larger unit than two different sized units, even if you don’t use all of the space right away.