Moving or storing your belongings in a nearby self-storage facility can be a stressful time. We want to make it as easy as possible for you. That’s why we’ve prepared this handy checklist to ensure you have the right packing supplies on hand to keep your belongings protected and move them with ease. Print or bookmark this list and use it for your next move.
My moving supplies checklist
Make sure you have sturdy, stackable boxes in uniform sizes for stacking. Flimsy or overused boxes tend to get crushed when stacked or fall apart as you are carrying them. Plastic bins tend to crack if overpacked. Avoid plastic bags if possible as these are difficult to label and impossible to stack.
Based on your specific needs you may want to also get a variety of box sizes. This allows you to avoid over packing boxes or making them too heavy.
Label maker and/or markers
Labeling boxes gives you a quick view of everything that stored away, It’s an easy time-saver. Don’t want to invest in a label maker? Purchase inexpensive masking tape and use markers so that you can reuse the box for future moves/storage needs. Labeling boxes makes to process of unpacking your belongings much easier, so make sure you take the time to label properly at the beginning.
When it comes to protecting valuables, such as fragile items, larger electronics, and items that require heavy-duty protection, bubble wrap is a clear choice. Bubble wrap protects your items from impact damage
While bubble wrap is the clear choice for certain valuables, packing paper is a suitable choice for small mirrors, dishes, and picture frames. Packing paper takes up less space and you need less of it to wrap fragile items. You can stack or bundle items after they’ve been wrapped. TIP: Placing a sheet of bubble wrap between heavy fragile items gives your belongings extra cushion. Avoid using newspaper or magazines because the ink may rub off onto your belongings.
Tape and tape dispenser
The need for tape to seal boxes and bundle items goes without saying, but don’t forget the dispenser! When planning your move, avoid stressing out at the last minute by purchasing plenty of packaging tape. Streamline packing by having enough tape dispensers on hand so that everyone doing the packing can easily seal boxes. The last thing you want to do is waste time trying to find where the tape dispenser was left or who has it.
Instead of tape, use stretch wrap to adhere to furniture padding and covers. It’s also good for bundling boxes.
Mattress and furniture covers
Mattress and furniture covers go a long way to keep dirt, dust, and unwanted elements off your fabric. However, make sure to choose the correct cover size. Covers that are too tight will hurt the breathability of the piece. Covers that are too loose can leave room for dirt or dust to gather. Covers that are too long create tripping hazards in your unit.
Use pads to protect stackable surfaces and items that are fragile or easily scratchable, such as glass mirrors, wood furniture, and pianos. Having enough protective layers around these items goes a long way.
If you are moving your items to a self-storage unit, the one must-have item is a storage lock. There is a wide range of locks at a variety of price points. A good rule of thumb is to invest 10 percent of the cost of what you are looking to protect on the lock. Two other items to consider are if the lock will fit your storage unit and if the self-storage unit is indoor.
To ensure your move is as stress-free as possible, proper preparation is a must. This starts with the right packing supplies and laying out your self-storage unit in advance.
Do you need moving supplies for an upcoming move?
Visit one of our nearby self-storage locations in Chicago. Under the Moving Supplies tab, you can find a list of moving supplies available at our facilities. Order by phone or stop by one of our self-storage facilities.
One of the most common self-storage questions we receive from our customers is what size storage unit they need. The last thing you want to do is waste money on a storage unit that’s too big or cram everything into one that’s too small. Like Goldilocks, you want the unit that is, “just right.”
Wondering how much to budget to store college dorm goods for the summer or how much space you’ll need to store anything from a motorcycle to the contents of your home? We’re here to help! This article breaks down common self-storage unit sizes and what typically fits.
What size self-storage unit do you need?
Whether you’re looking to declutter, store your belongings while you move, or park your motorcycle during the offseason, there is a perfect size unit for you.
From small, 5×5 storage units to massive ones, such as a 10×30, there is a storage unit that’s just the right size to fit your needs.
If you’re more of the visual sort, head over to our size guide to see what you can fit in each unit. Otherwise, read on for answers to our storage unit sizing frequently asked questions.
What size self-storage unit is good for college students, extra home goods, and businesses?
5’ x 5’ storage unit (25 square feet)
This size self-storage unit is excellent to store extra items, such as:
- Garden tools
- Seasonal items
- Office supplies and small equipment
- Miscellaneous boxes
- Twin-size bed or contents of college dorm room (without furniture)
- Sports gear
- Camping and outdoor recreation gear
- Off-season clothing
Note: This size unit won’t fit furniture beyond a small dresser.
I’m moving and need to store the contents of my entire one-bedroom apartment or dorm room. What size self-storage unit should I rent?
5’ x 10’ storage unit (50 square feet)
About the size of a mid-size bedroom, a 5’x10’ self-storage unit is perfect for storing an entire bedroom/dorm room, office, or studio apartment.
These size units also are perfect for those looking to remodel a room or office. They provide the space you need to keep your belongings safe during construction or move!
We are moving into a new house and out of our one or two-bedroom apartment? What size will fit all my stuff?
10’ x 10’ storage unit (100 square feet)
This 100 square foot unit should hold all your items! It is ideal for storing an entire living room and two full bedrooms. This size unit holds larger mattresses, an entertainment center, bigger appliances like washers and dryers, dining room furniture, and all the goods from your two-bedroom home or apartment.
What size self-storage unit do I need for three-bedrooms or a full house?
10’ x 15’ storage unit (150 square feet) or 10’ x 20’ storage unit (200 square feet)
If you’re in-between homes or renovating and looking to fit furniture from a larger house that includes a family room, kitchen, and dining room and the entire contents of your bedrooms, consider opting for a larger size self-storage unit.
The 10’x 15’ storage unit can typically store the contents of three bedrooms. This space is also ideal for larger items like televisions, pianos, couches, or tables. The 10’ x 20’ unit can store up to five bedrooms worth of stuff and larger items like washers, dryers and refrigerators.
These types of units are also ideal for businesses or restaurants that are renovating their space.
What size self-storage unit do I need for a large house?
10’ x 30’ storage unit (300 square feet)
Now this is some serious storage! With a whopping 300 square feet of space, this size self-storage unit is ideal for a five-to-seven-bedroom house, easily storing entertainment centers, refrigerators, beds, couches, and more!
What size self-storage unit do I need for a motorcycle?
5’ x 10 ft. unit (50 square feet)
If you’re storing just one motorcycle, helmets, and jackets, a 5’ x 10’ self-storage unit is all you need. If you have more than one motorcycle and extra gear, choose the next size unit up. You can also ask if there are units available with electricity to keep the battery in good condition while in storage.
Once you know what size you need, don’t base your decision to go with a nearby self-storage facility on price alone. Find a reputable option that is nearby for storing and accessing your belongings when you need them. Look for the following amenities:
- Climate/temperature-controlled units
- Drive-up access for easy loading and unloading
- 24/7 video surveillance
- Extended access hours
- Clean and well-lit
Still not sure what size unit you need? Use our space estimator! Simply enter the quantity of what you are wanting to store, and our tool estimates what size storage unit you need.
How many times can you count having said, “We don’t have enough room for all this stuff.” Let’s face it, most of the human race doesn’t have endless funds to buy a bigger place or build an addition on their house.
Nonetheless, we need someplace to put the stuff that we can’t or won’t part ways with. Self-storage may easily come to mind when you are moving or renovating. But what about the everyday things we accumulate or only need periodically? We recently went through an exercise to understand why our customers were renting storage units. Some of the following may surprise you.
Keep the keepsakes somewhere else
We’ve moved several times. Each time we move, we cart around the same five storage bins filled with family photo albums, memories, and keepsakes. Our last move was less than a mile away. As I watched my husband break his back carrying in these same five storage bins, I couldn’t help but laugh. We maybe go through them once a year.
Photo albums hold precious memories, but people (i.e., my husband’s back) should be more precious. Consider using self-storage for items that you want to keep but don’t look at every day. Use nearby self-storage to keep items close and be sure to choose a climate-controlled facility to keep your memories safe.
And the grammy goes to…self storage
If you are a musician, you may have a large instrument, multiple instruments, or gear that you don’t have the space to store. Depending on your living situation, you also may not live somewhere where you are able to practice. One of our renter’s stores his drums in a lower level unit and periodically comes to practice. A secure and convenient self-storage for him, a free musical performance for us!
Self-storage is a home run for sports gear
I once lived in a condo where my neighbor was into every sport imaginable—biking, hockey, kayaking, skiing, golf, you name it. Our units only had a parking pad so he would store all his sports gear in the back hall. Every morning was an exercise in agility trying to work your way out of the back door. If you’re a sports or motorcycle enthusiast and rent an apartment or own a condo in Chicago, be considerate of your neighbors. Rent a storage unit for your sports gear.
Bring the outdoors in
Enhancing your outdoor living space is very popular today. And while Chicago isn’t the worst climate to live in, winters can be pretty brutal. Storing outdoor furniture, grills, heaters, planters, etc. can be a nightmare when you don’t have a lot of space. Of course, you can spend the money to buy really good covers and still run the risk of damaging your stuff.
Another cost-effective option would be to put these items in nearby storage. Many storage facilities have units in various sizes, offer discounts, and have moving trucks on-site to easily transport all your items. Best of all, your outdoor furniture is secure in a climate-controlled storage facility, ready to be easily set up when the weather improves.
‘Tis the season for self-storage
Are you a Grinch or Clark Griswold? According to Fox Business, you are a Griswold. Consumers spent an average of $1,050 on holiday décor in 2019 and the New York Times wrote that one in five Americans were going to extreme lengths to outdo their neighbors for the holiday festivities back in 2017.
This isn’t just one season. Before you can get the holiday lights down, giant bunnies are popping up everywhere. And let’s not forget Halloween and that giant blow-up turkey that makes the house near me look like it belongs in the Macy’s parade.
As I pass by some phenomenal light shows and lawn displays each season in awe, I think to myself, “Where in the hell do they store all this stuff?” This is just the outside. If the Pottery Barn catalog I receive is any indication of how consumers decorate the inside of their home during these seasons, that’s a lot of stuff!
The garage, attic, or basement is often home to seasonal decorations. Outdoor rooftop? Well, nix the attic. Kids? Nix the basement. Instead of cluttering up your home’s precious real estate or sacrificing your parking space, consider keeping these items in a nearby self-storage facility. A storage unit as small as 5×5 could do the trick.
If you have items that you believe could be put in self-storage, contact us. You might be surprised by what you can store.
As a Chicagoan, if it is one thing I look forward to every year, it’s saying goodbye to winter. Hello, fresh air. Goodbye, bulky sweaters and big blankets. It’s time to bust out the patio furniture and fire up the grill. But this year is a little different. As spring was approaching, so was coronavirus.
Instead of flocking to stores to buy flowers and shrubs, people were stocking up on cleaning supplies and toilet paper to get them through Chicago’s shelter-in-place. But as the saying goes, every dark cloud has a silver lining.
This year, spring cleaning takes on a different meaning. Many of us are taking our time in isolation as an opportunity to deep clean, declutter, organize, and refresh our living spaces. The following are some of our favorite sites, shows, and books to inspire your spring cleaning, whatever that may entail.
- Real Simple magazine published an A-to-Z guide on how to clean almost anything in a slideshow format. In addition to the slideshow, viewers can also access their ultimate cleaning checklist.
- If you are concerned about COVID-19 germs, the CDC recently published a comprehensive article on everyday steps you can take to clean and disinfect your home when someone is sick. A downloadable PDF file is available for future reference.
- For those with limited time, CNN Health produced a video on how to clean and disinfect your home properly to stay safe.
Declutter and Organize
- For those who prefer to binge-watch shows on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon, if you haven’t yet heard of or watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (we’d be surprised if you haven’t), perhaps this will be that “spark” you need to get decluttering and organizing. This show is filled with great tips and tricks to get your home in pristine shape.
- If you are the bookworm type, consider reading, The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life. The author, Joshua Becker, also has a website, Becoming Minimalist, which is full of decluttering tips and resources.
- For those taking on decluttering an entire home, popular lifestyle website The Spruce wrote a great article on how to declutter your home room by room. The article breaks down home decluttering in stages, so you don’t feel completely overwhelmed.
Refresh and Update
- Popular home and garden site, HGTV, recently posted an article focused on refreshing the exterior of your home. Visitors can view a nicely laid out gallery of 10 things to focus on outside.
- Although written in 2015, this Elle Décor article provides five simple ways to refresh a home for spring that doesn’t require a big budget or store runs.
- Home and décor site, Apartment Therapy, make spring cleaning a whole lot easier with its engaging daily list composed of 20 different tiles. Choose what room or zone you want to work on, depending on your mood.
From deep cleaning and disinfecting to refreshing and decluttering, we hope these resources help you find new ways to spend your days indoors. And if all that decluttering and organization results in you needing additional storage, we’re only a phone call away.
Happy Spring Cleaning!
Self-storage is a flexible solution to meet the needs of just about anyone. But some people may not realize self-storage as an option. Storing what you don’t need could actually save you money and give you that much-needed space. The following are five types of people who can benefit from self-storage and why.
1. Empty nesters
Empty nesters are often more than ready to start decluttering or downsizing once the kids go to college or no longer live at home.
The moment I went off to college, my mother swiftly packed up my keepsakes as if I was never coming back. She couldn’t wait to have more room in our small, Chicago-style Georgian. What she didn’t realize is that when I returned from school for the Summer, she would be packing up my dorm room furnishings and cramming those into our small house as well.
The moment I found a place of my own after college, she was telling me to take all my stuff. Tired of years of holding on to my keepsakes, clothing, furniture, and more, she couldn’t be happier to part ways. Unfortunately, the only place I could afford to live in Chicago was a tiny studio apartment. I wasn’t in a place where I could store all my stuff. Sorry, Mom.
But empty nesters need not despair. Self-storage makes decluttering and downsizing easier. You can keep things for your kids and items you can’t decide whether to keep or toss. And finding a nearby self-storage to your kids’ college campus beats having to cart a dorm room full of belongings back home.
Self-storage units can be as small as 5×5 and as big as 10×20 and larger. Most storage facilities have flexible lease options and sometimes offer special promotions such as the first month’s rent-free.
When a former colleague of mine had to help her father move into an assisted living facility, the burden was on her to sell the house. She was forced to quickly go through an entire house that had been lived in for decades.
Unfortunately, situations like this are stressful for everyone. She didn’t realize at the time that self-storage was an option.
Rather than being forced to make rash decisions about items to keep or discard, caretakers should consider putting items into nearby self-storage. This allows them the time and space to carefully go through items they may want to keep or pass down to family members.
3. New parents
Having a baby is
exciting stressful. As a new parent, you can’t wait to meet your new bundle of joy. But wait, where is the baby going to eventually sleep and play?
That home office. A guest bedroom. Sorry, honey, you just lost your man cave. Making room for baby may involve emptying or decluttering a room. Self-storage is a great place to store all the previous room’s belongings until you get a larger space or have more time to go through items.
I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up the clothes and toys. Did I mention toys? I’ve known some parents to use self-storage to store baby clothes and nursery furniture if they were going to have another baby. I’ve also known parents to store toys in nearby self-storage and periodically swap out their children’s toys. The children didn’t notice any toys missing and actually played more with their toys.
4. Local business owners
There are many types of small businesses in Andersonville, Albany Park, and the surrounding Chicago neighborhoods. While many may consider self-storage to store extra equipment or store furnishings while their shop is undergoing repairs or renovations, there are other reasons to consider nearby self- storage.
Many small business owners rent storage units as an affordable way to store inventory. Rather than leasing more space, local businesses recognize that local self-storage can be an affordable option. Those that utilize storage units for inventory find that they are more organized and better able to track inventory and keep more inventory on hand.
Other businesses use nearby self-storage to store important business documents and some are even required by law to keep documents for a certain number of years. In 1992, Chicago witnessed one of the worst floods in the city’s history. Some businesses had up to 40 feet of water in their lower levels. Keeping important documents in the basement may not be the safest option. Self-storage keeps business files in a safe and secure environment, protected from the elements.
5. Tradespeople and sole proprietors
Tradespeople and those who use small equipment for various jobs, such as lawn care, fencing, and snow removal can also benefit from using self-storage. Many of these service professionals use secure self-storage for the equipment they don’t need right now and save space in their garage. Some common businesses that find value in storage units include:
*Sales and service professionals
*Real estate agents and staging companies
How Honore Storage can help
Renovating a home is an exciting time. However, it also can be stressful. This is particularly true in these times where strict social distancing measures need to be in place.
Figuring out how to maneuver your living space while undergoing any type of home improvement project can be frustrating. For those of you that watch home improvement shows or have done a home renovation before, you know what I’m talking about.
The mom having a meltdown on camera. Young children driving their parents crazy while they live in a cramped space. Life doesn’t have to be this stressful. Particularly if you live in Chicago where self-storage is near where you live.
The many benefits of self-storage
Self-storage isn’t always something a homeowner thinks about when undergoing a home renovation project. Whether it’s a home repair, renovation, remodel, or rehab, these projects can be big jobs. Self-storage provides many benefits during this time.
1. Give yourself plenty of space to work and live in safely
Having space to do the work you need to do gives you and your contractor plenty of breathing room. Piling home furnishings into other rooms or stacking them out of the way along the perimeter of the room and covering them isn’t always the best option. You may still find yourself without enough room or struggle to navigate the areas you live and work in.
Move your belongings into a storage unit while you work. Give yourself the space and peace of mind to easily work with minimal stress and disruption to your daily living.
2. Keep your items safe from harm
Self-storage prevents your belongings from being scratched or damaged. Take it from someone who didn’t know better at the time. It’s devastating to view your new space and find that something else got damaged while the workers focused on their portion of the job—not your precious furniture.
Accidents happen. Your belongings could become damaged by someone running into them, dropping something on them while they work, or simply being careless.
If you are worried about moving your items into self-storage due to weather, consider climate or temperature-controlled self-storage, which are readily available in Chicago.
3. Keep your items secure
With large-scale home improvement projects, many people come and go out of your house. I’ve even had nosy neighbors stopping by to “take a look.” Workers may not know who the owners are and accidentally allow unknown visitors into your home.
Use self-storage and protect your belongings while your space is being worked on. Look for self-storage facilities in your area that are clean, well lit, and offer 24/7 security.
4. Save yourself a lot more work
When we had our wood floors refinished in our small condo living area, my husband and I thought we’d save ourselves some money and cover our belongings in the bedroom off of the living space. Bad idea! Despite our best efforts, the dust inevitably found its way onto our things.
Home remodelers beware. Move your items into nearby self-storage and save yourself the tedious cleanup. Keep your items clean and ready to use when you move them back.
5. Save money
This may seem counterintuitive because you pay to rent a storage unit. However, considering the above, it may be well worth your investment. You may be surprised at how many self-storage units available for rent are affordably priced and offer flexible leasing terms. Furthermore, many facilities offer competitive prices, discounts, and promotions.
Self-storage near you in Chicago
Chicago residents can use self-storage for many things. Using a self-storage unit while you undergo any type of home improvement project can make your job easier and life less stressful. You don’t have to work around anything and your belongings are safe and secure. Given the number of self-storage facilities in Chicago, you are sure to find a unit that best meets your needs.
Honore Storage offers convenient, local self-storage solutions with a neighborhood feel. We serve residents and businesses in Albany Park, Andersonville, Uptown, Edgewater, Irving Park, Lincoln Square, North Park, Rogers Park, Ravenswood, and the surrounding Chicago areas. You can find our indoor, secure, storage units in Andersonville at 5147 N Clark St Chicago, IL (at Clark St and Foster Ave), and Albany Park at 3215 W Lawrence Ave Chicago, IL.
Contact us to learn more about our storage unit pricing and special discounts.