Are you in a pickle when it comes to decluttering your living space or moving to a new home? Then renting a storage unit might just be the answer to your storage woes.

Storage containers offer a convenient and cost-effective solution for keeping your belongings safe and sound. But before you dive headfirst into renting a storage unit, there are a few do's and don'ts you should consider to make the most out of your storage experience. 

Do: Assess your storage needs 

Before you start searching for the perfect storage container, take some time to assess your storage needs. What are you planning to store? How much space do you require? Are you looking for short-term storage while moving or long-term storage for seasonal and bulky items?

Knowing the answers to these questions will help you choose the right-sized unit and this will also save you from overpaying for unnecessary space. It’s also important to know where your closest storage unit is, so make sure to take a look at our convenient storage locations. This way, you won’t have to travel for miles to access your belongings. 

Don't: Wait until the last minute 

Procrastination can be your worst enemy when it comes to renting a storage unit. We get it — it can initially be quite a hassle sorting out all of your belongings. Thankfully, our storage booking and rental process has never been more simple. You can get an instant quote online

It’s also important to note that storage units often get snatched up quickly, especially during peak moving seasons. To avoid disappointment, start your search well in advance. This will give you ample time to sort and pack your belongings, as well as select the storage container size and location that suits your needs and budget. 

Do: Research storage facilities 

Not all storage facilities are created equal, so it's essential to do your homework. Read online reviews, ask for recommendations from friends or family, and visit the storage unit in person if possible. Check for security features like surveillance cameras and well-lit premises to ensure your belongings will be safe and secure. At Bluebox Storage, this is something we guarantee, with 24/7 surveillance and a dedicated team of experts on hand to keep your belongings safe

Do: Label and organise your items 

Once you've rented your storage container with Bluebox Storage, don't just toss everything in haphazardly. Give your items the care they deserve, and take the time to label your storage boxes and create an inventory list. Organise your items logically, with the things you may need access to more frequently towards the front. This will save you hours of frustration when you need to find something specific! Plus, Bluebox Storage offers affordable storage packaging solutions to help you organise your items, including sofa covers, large cardboard boxes, and parcel tape. 

Don't: Forget to insure your belongings 

Even in the most secure storage facilities, accidents can happen. It's a good idea to invest in insurance for storage. Take it from us — having peace of mind that your belongings are protected is well worth the added cost. Bluebox Storage offers affordable and convenient contents insurance at an additional cost to your rental fee, whilst you store your belongings with us, making sure you are worry free. 

Do: Utilise vertical space 

Maximise the space in your storage container by thinking vertically. Use shelving units or stackable plastic bins to make the most of the height available to you. This not only helps you fit more items but it also keeps your storage unit organised and accessible. 

Our 40ft storage containers offer the maximum amount of space available, but our 10ft storage containers are also excellent for storing home appliances or seasonal items. You’ve paid for the unit, so why not make the most of it? 

Don't: Pack hazardous materials 

It should go without saying, but some items should never be stored in a storage container. This includes flammable materials, explosives, illegal items, perishable food, and hazardous chemicals. Not only is it unsafe, but it's also against the rules of Bluebox Storage. 

Our prohibited items also include non-road legal bikes, quad bikes, unlicensed and hazardous goods, weapons, and drugs. 

Please get in touch with our team if you have any specific queries regarding your storage needs and we will be happy to help you. 

Do: Maintain accessibility 

If you're storing items for an extended period, it's never a bad idea to check in periodically to make sure everything’s in check. Make sure your items are in good condition, and consider rotating them if necessary. At all of our Bluebox Storage locations, you can access your belongings 24/7, making it even more convenient to access your items at any time. 

Don't: Forget to lock up 

Security is paramount when renting a storage unit, so always lock it up securely. Bluebox Storage provides a complementary security padlock when you take out storage with us, ensuring that you can lock your belongings up safely straight away. 

Do: Plan your move-in and move-out dates carefully 

Coordinate your rental period with your moving schedule. It's common for rental periods to start on the first day of the month, so plan accordingly. Avoid peak moving times, if possible, to ensure that you can secure storage at a location nearest to you. 

Don't: Assume one size fits all 

Storage containers come in various sizes, so don't assume that a larger unit is always better. Opt for the size that suits your needs and budget. Remember that smaller units may require better organisation skills, but they can save you money in the long run. Our storage units come in 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft, meaning that there is always an option to suit you. 

Don't: Neglect your monthly payments 

Finally, make sure to stay on top of your monthly rental payments. Missing payments can result in late fees and potentially losing access to your storage unit. Set up reminders or automatic payments to ensure you don't forget. If you’re struggling with payments, please get in touch with us so we can find a solution together. 

Safe and sound solutions with Bluebox Storage 

Renting a storage unit can be a lifesaver when you're facing a cluttered home or a big move

At Bluebox Storage, we offer high quality self-storage solutions in the North East, from two self storage units in Darlington at Darlington Cleveland Street and Darlington Valley Street North, Stockton, South Shields, Middlesbrough and more - we're your trusted partner for keeping your storage 'do's' on track. 

Get in touch with our Bluebox Storage team to secure your storage container.