If your home is cluttered and you are tripping over things or feel like a hoarder, it may be time to consider renting a storage unit. Self storage units can be used for seasonal clothing, out of season decorations, out of season nick knacks, seasonal toys, bills, paperwork, etc. You can also use storage for antiques, wine, beer, etc.
In our difficult economic times, storage facilities are more apt to match a competitors price or give a better deal (if you ask). A self storage unit can provide a safe place for your valuables items. Some storage facilities offer surveillance cameras and gates requiring pass codes for after hour access. Others have staff on site for part or all of the day, lights triggered by motion detectors and other safety measures that ensure that you (or someone you authorize) are the only person(s) with access to your storage lot.
If you live in an area where the weather can be extreme, whether it is hot or cold, you may want to consider storing items versus using a garage or shed. Renting a temperature controlled unit where the humidity levels are constant is important to help avoid mold. Temperature sensitive items can have their life extended considerably with proper storage methods.
Many storage units are very affordable, so if you are afraid of the cost being too high, many storage facilities will offer special like $1 for the first month, 6th month free, or 1 year free, etc. It’s a good idea to check with the facility to see what kind of specials they are running for the time of the year.