Stuff, we’ve all got it. Things we use, things we save, things we need—just maybe not right now. We move our treasures from place to place, pack in boxes, unpack, pack up again, and before we know it, we have run out of space. The possessions we accumulate throughout our lives may not all have monetary value, but they mean something just the same. Having a safe place to keep these things is not only important, it can give us peace of mind and free up some much-needed space as well.
Finding a safe and secure place for our belongings is something human beings have been doing for ages. The Chinese filled clay pots with items and stored them in underground units. Possessions from across Greece were stored in the Delphi. Ancient Egyptians put their earthly treasures, of life and of death, inside chests. And the British aristocracy took their valuables to banks for protection. In the United States, the modern concept of containerized storage can be traced back to 1891, when brothers Martin and John Bekins founded the Bekins Company in Omaha, Nebraska. What started with three horse-drawn vans and twelve employees quickly expanded to include a fleet of moving vans and large fireproof storage warehouses throughout southern California. In the 1960's, the storage unit industry exploded, as people moved away from center cities and built houses in the suburbs. Many of the homes built during this time, especially those throughout the Sunbelt, did not have attics. Thus, a storage unit met the need.
Today, storage units continue to be in high demand—because they work. According to statistics, one in ten U.S. households rents a storage unit and in 2018 it is estimated there were between 44,000 and 52,000 storage facilities in the United States. Storage units are problem solvers. They offer an easy solution for those who are moving, getting married or divorced, welcoming a new baby into the family, operating an online business, remodeling a house, or hundreds of other real-life situations. Whether the need is temporary or long-term, storage facilities have made it easier than ever to keep your belongings safe and secure. With 24 hour access, gated facilities with keyed entry codes, security cameras, convenient locations, and climate controlled units, worry-free storage is a sure thing. Month to month leases allow flexibility to roll with whatever life brings and you can even pay your bill online.
A little planning goes a long way when it comes to selecting the right storage unit to meet your needs.
Answering the following questions will help you get the best value out of your storage unit.
Please be aware that there are restrictions on what can be stored. If it is dangerous in any way, shape or form, it cannot be stored—for your own safety and that of the management and other customers. This includes combustible, flammable or toxic materials, as well as liquids or perishable items. However, if in doubt, be sure to ask the manager before you move in. Read more about this in our FAQ.
5 x 5 - 25 square feet of space - comparable to a walk-in closet
What is this great for? Although it may be small, it is still an extra closet and the possibilities are endless. Here are a few things that will fit in this space:
5 x 10 - 50 square feet - comparable to a mid-size bedroom
What is this great for? If you are wanting to remodel the bedroom, look no further. Just move all the contents into this space and get the project started. Among other things, a 5 x 10 storage unit will hold:
10 x 10 - 100 square feet - comparable to a family room
What is this great for? If you are moving out of an apartment and not quite ready to move into another place, a 10 x 10 unit is a great solution.
10 x 15 - 150 square feet - comparable to 3 bedrooms
What is this great for?
10 x 20 - 150 square feet - comparable to a full house
What is this great for? If you are in-between homes and need to store a complete household This is the perfect space for you, capacitating roughly 5 bedrooms, and larger items like washers, dryers and refrigerators. Holds furnishings and appliances of a 2-3 bedroom residence.
10 x 30 - 300 square feet - comparable to a 5-7 bedroom house
What is this great for?
20 x 20 and larger spaces are available on a limited basis.
While keeping your belongings out of the weather and natural elements is the overall purpose of a storage unit, the environment inside of the unit is equally important. Many items in storage can be adversely affected by fluctuations in outside temperatures and humidity levels. Non-climate controlled storage units are not heated or cooled, so even if the facility is well insulated, your items may need more environmental stability in order to keep them preserved and protected. This is where climate controlled storage units enter the picture.
Alongside security, climate control is an important amenity. It’s a storage feature that keeps a unit’s indoor temperature between 55-85°F year-round and maintains a consistent relative humidity level of around 55%. This is done through the use of highquality HVAC systems (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), dehumidifiers, customizable thermostats, and heavy-duty insulation. As humidity in the air increases, so does the air’s ability to hold heat. When humidity decreases, it helps keep temperatures low. Air conditioners drop humidity levels quickly while dehumidifiers work best over an extended period of time. The main advantage of a climate controlled storage unit is mold and mildew prevention through the elimination of a fungus-friendly environment. Although dry conditions can be problematic in other climates, in the South, it is during the hot and humid summer months that extra precaution needs to be taken to prevent moisture buildup. It is estimated that three-fourths of new storage facilities now offer this feature which typically costs 30-50% more than a standard storage unit without climate control.
What is a climate controlled storage unit perfect for?
Any items that are susceptible to mold, mildew, and fluctuations in temperature. This includes expensive or irreplaceable items as well as items that hold sentimental or historical value. Here are a few examples.