Whether you’re the kind of person who’s happy the holidays are over, or if you’re counting down the days with wild holiday cheer already, holiday storage is always going to be a bone of contention for many.
As competition for the best decorations flourishes across the nation, it’s tough to find space when you have to pack it all away. Many people resort to overcrowding rooms or even throwing away and buying new.
As people stress and try and find ways to pack it all away, many individuals are turning to a much less stressful solution; Self-storage.
This article is here to explain why a self-storage option could save you not only time and money, but save you from a whole lot of arguing too.
What Exactly Is Self-Storage?
Before we delve into why a self-storage unit is such a good idea for holiday storage, first, it’s worth knowing what one is.
A self-storage unit is a space such as rooms/lockers/containers/outdoor spaces that businesses rent to tenants on a short-term basis. There are many choices when it comes to self-storage ranging from size, security and some even come with climate control.
Storage units are hot property in America with over 48,500 self-storage units in use; it’s a high number when you consider there are a mere 14,350 McDonald’s restaurants and 11,962 Starbucks when the figures where collected.
Why Self-Storage Is Great for Holiday Decorations
For those of us who are festive, holiday decorations can take up a lot of space, so getting your holiday decorations out of the home can be the perfect solution. By renting a small storage unit, you can easily store all of your holiday decorations throughout the year.
Holiday decorations will typically include lights, lawn ornaments, trinkets, odds and ends and artificial trees. That’s a lot of space that you could be saving.
What Storage Size You Should Go for
When it comes to the size of the unit, it will depend mainly on how festive you are! With the average decorations spend increasing by 30.36% in the last ten years, it’s no surprise why so many Americans are looking to go for more holiday storage options.
When it comes to the size of storage you’ll need, it all depends on how much you’d want to store; let’s break it down into a few categories.
Holiday Beginner (5×5 or 5×10)
A smaller storage unit, like a 5×5 or a 5×10, will usually be enough room for most people when looking for holiday storage. A 5×5 is easy to visualize, it’s about the size of a large average closet.
This means you’ll have plenty of space to store both outdoor and indoor decorations, lights and an artificial tree or two. If you want to be safe and think you have more than the average bear, a 5×10 may be a safe choice.
Holiday Illumination Obsessives (10×10 or 10×15)
You’ll know straight away if you fit this category, or chances are you know somebody on your street who fits this description. If lighting up the whole front yard is your thing, then a larger holiday storage option will be a safer bet.
Classed as a medium size storage unit, these are the perfect size if you want to blow your neighbors holiday decorations out of the water. These storage units will be large enough to fit all of your lighting needs.
Holiday Obsessive / Part Elf (10×20 or 10×30)
I mean, who doesn’t want to go completely overboard for the holidays? If you feel like being part of Santa’s workshop is your calling in life, you can rent some massive holiday storage in either 10×20 or 10×30 sizes.
Coming in at about the size of a single car garage, you’re going to have plenty of room for storing all of your holiday goodies. Alternatively, you can use the space for making the biggest holiday collection in the country.
Other Factors to Consider When Picking a Storage Unit
When you are picking your holiday storage, it’s not just the size of the unit which is important, but also the usage. You have a few more options to consider when picking your storage.
This will depend on what you are planning to store, but most self-storage facilities will give you the option of climate control. This is especially useful for hot states like Texas, where humidity and heat may be a problem.
Climate control options will allow your decorations to remain undamaged, especially if you’ve got any really old delicate ones.
Many people have holiday decorations passed down through generations. These decorations are potentially priceless and you wouldn’t want to risk damage or theft.
If you want to make sure your belongings will be well-protected, select a self-storage unit that has brilliant security features, like alarms and video surveillance.
Indoor vs Outdoor
Holiday storage units come in many shapes and sizes. Some storage facilities will be large warehouses with big hallways and internal access to each unit individually. Others will be narrow buildings with access externally.
When storing your items, you’ll want to consider which option will suit you better.
- Glass ornaments, antique decorations, and other sensitive items will usually be best stored in an indoor environment, as the extra walls protect them from any harsh weather.
- More walls means more doors; this means better security and protection for your items.
- Outdoor storage is brilliant for convenience, as they often have drive up access. This can be very handy if you know you’re going to be loading and unloading the decorations frequently.
- You will usually find external holiday storage to be cheaper than internal storage.
Time to Clear the House for More Activities
It’s time to take charge of your home and free some space for the new year. By investing in a self-storage unit you’ll not only save time and effort, but you will also give your home a fresh modern feel by clearing away any clutter.