Using Self Storage for Apartments

By Nick Bilava,

Whether this is your first time on your own or just a change of scenery, moving into an apartment can be an exciting time in your life. However, with apartment living also comes some unique challenges—like not having enough space for your things. No matter how homey or spacious your new apartment is, chances are you won’t have room for every last thing. That’s where self storage comes in!

Below, you’ll find a few ways that self storage can help apartment renters.

Store Your Car, Motorcycle, or Bicycle

You care about your car or motorcycle. But if you live in an apartment that’s located near public transit or allows you to bike to work or school, keeping a car or motorcycle can be way more trouble than it’s worth.

Renting a self storage unit for your car or motorcycle is a smart way to keep your vehicle safe and covered while you’re without a driveway or garage. Also, using a storage unit for your car is cheaper than parking at meters or paying for space in a parking garage when you won’t be driving it all the time.

The same goes for bicycles. Rather than storing your bike inside your apartment, chained up outside, or on your balcony/patio, you can move your bike to a nearby storage facility. That way, you can just pop by your unit whenever you need your bike, and it won’t be crowding your already cramped living space.

Store Seasonal Items

There are a lot of items that are worth keeping even when they’re not in use. Just because you can’t display your artificial Christmas tree all year doesn’t mean you should get rid of it! A 5×5 or 5×10 storage unit can serve as the walk-in closet you wish you had for your seasonal clothing, decorations, or recreational gear.

By putting a few shelves or a clothing rack in a unit, you can store coats and gloves alongside snow shovels until you need them in the winter. Once it’s time to unpack the items in your unit for the season, simply swap them with the spring or summer gear you don’t need in your apartment. Treating a storage unit as an extension of your home, like a closet or garage, is an easy way to keep your apartment clean and looking good.

Store Additional Furniture

Many times, friends or young couples move into apartments together. While this arrangement does save quite a bit of money, it often leads to double the furniture—especially large furniture like sofas, reclining chairs, kitchen tables, and mattress sets. If you’re in this situation, you probably don’t want to get rid of the extra furniture because you might end up needing it down the road when you move into a house.

A 10×10, 10×20, or 10×30 storage unit is perfect solution for keeping all of your furniture without trying to stuff it into your apartment. And, hey, if you arrange your furniture well, you can get more furniture to fit in a smaller storage unit!

A self storage unit is more than just a stopgap for boxes during a move and can even be a valuable resource for anyone living somewhere with limited space. Most storage facilities operate on month-to-month leases, which means that whenever you’re ready to start movin’ on up—whether that’s to a different apartment or a house—you can grab your items and pack up without hassle.