The passing years have seen a growing increase in the amount of people who are choosing to use self storage. Many people are living in smaller homes with less storage space so they can see the many benefits of self storage. Also, more people are starting their own businesses and, again, self storage is proving to be very beneficial.
Within this article we are going to discuss ten benefits of self storage and how it can help you in your day-to-day life and within your business life.
1. Decluttering Your Living Space
Self storage can be hugely beneficial if you have decided to declutter your home. Using self storage as part of your decluttering process allows you to declutter at your own pace without having to keep great piles of boxes all over your home. You can bring anything you aren’t sure about to a self storage unit and then you can go through it all at a slow, methodical pace.
There are many psychological benefits to living in a decluttered space. Living in a cluttered environment can contribute to depression. A study conducted by Princeton University researchers also found that clutter can make it harder to maintain focus on a particular task due to the fact that clutter can overwhelm a person’s visual cortex. Decluttering can help to improve your mental health and your physical health. Using self storage can help you to see these benefits in your own life by helping you to declutter your living space.
2. Ensuring Security and Safety
One of the biggest benefits of self storage is that you can have complete peace of mind that your belongings are fully protected. Within all professional self storage facilities you will find high-quality, state-of-the-art security features.
With all of our stores we have 24/7 CCTV around the entire facility. Each of our units is equipped with intruder alarms, fire detectors and smoke detectors.
3. Affordability and Cost-Effectiveness
If you feel that you are going to need self storage for a long term period it can be very tempting to consider buying your own storage solution or signing up for an inflexible, long-term contract.
Buying your own may seem like it will save you money in the long run but you will be in charge of maintaining this storage unit/warehouse etc. You will be in charge of all utility bills and hiring and paying people to look after the place. This will all add up to a lot of money. Also, if you are using storage for your business, buying your own may stop your business from growing as well as it can as you will have a finite amount of space.
Signing an inflexible, long-term contract comes with many of the same issues – you will be trapped in one unit until the contract runs out. Long-term contracts are also extremely expensive.
One of the benefits of self storage is that it can offer a cost-effective, flexible contract which allows you to change or leave your unit if or when you need to.
4. Accessibility and Convenience
When considering using self storage many people worry that it will limit their ability to access their belongings. Many self storage companies offer extended opening hours which allows their customers convenient access to the storage unit, outside of office hours. Within many of our stores we offer the extended opening hours of 6am to 11pm, Monday to Sunday. To see if your local store has these extended opening hours, please check our website.
Along with having convenient access hours, many self storage companies offer a variety of unit sizes and types and Cinch Self Storage is no different. The sizes and types we have on offer is again dependent on the store but each of our stores has a large variety for you to choose from. If this leads to you not knowing what size/type would be best for you, speak to a member of our team. They will be happy to help you find your perfect unit.
5. Facilitating Business Operations
There are many benefits to using self storage for your business. You can store your inventory, equipment and documents with a storage unit or room. Depending on the type of business you have, you could bring your entire business operations over to your self storage. For example, if you run an ecommerce business, you could rent a storage unit in which to store your inventory and to pack all your orders.
Within some of our stores we also have offices and renting one of these alongside a unit would allow you to bring your entire business operations over to us, allowing you to get back your work/life balance.
6. Transitional Phase Support
In an average month in the UK, around 100,000 households will move into a new home. That’s a lot of people moving! Some will be moving into their dream home, some into their forever home and some people will have decided to downsize. During these transitional phases of your life, self storage can be there to offer support.
If you are moving or downsizing, self storage can help ease some of the stress as it will give you a place in which to store your belongings whilst you get your new home ready.
It can also offer a temporary storage solution to anyone who is doing extensive home renovations or who has decided to go on extended travels. Self storage will give you a safe and secure place to store your belongings allowing you to focus on your renovations or to enjoy your travels.
7. Seasonal Storage Solutions
Another benefit of self storage is that it gives you a place to store those items that you only use at a certain time of year. Items such as seasonal clothes, seasonal sports equipment, decorations etc. can all be stored within a storage unit, giving you more space within your home.
8. Enhanced Privacy
Whether it is important, private work documents or personal items, self storage will offer you a private space in which to store these types of items. With the extensive amounts of security that is found at professional self storage facilities, you can rest assured that these types of items will be kept safe and will remain private.
9. Hobby and Recreational Gear Storage
Hobbies are really good for us. They help to make us feel happier and more relaxed and some types of hobbies can greatly help our mental health. Some hobbies, however, require a lot of equipment and/or tools and if we don’t have the space within our homes, this can stop us from participating in our favourite hobbies.
Storing your hobby-related and recreational equipment within self storage will mean that you can do your hobby without worrying that you are taking up space within your home.
10. Disaster Recovery and Backup
Our final benefit of self storage is that it gives you a safe, offsite location in which you can store backups and essential items and/or documents. This gives peace of mind that if the worst should happen you have backups in place to begin your recovery plan.
The Benefits of Self Storage
The benefits of self storage are vast but what each of the benefits share is that it gives you a safe and secure place in which to store your belongings or inventory. It allows you to declutter or continue with your favourite hobby without taking up huge amounts of space within your home. It allows you to streamline your business by giving you a space in which you can bring your entire business operation.
Self storage will help you to optimise your life and business.
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