Are you already starting to make plans for the upcoming holiday season? Do you want to put out a lot of decorations or buy a big present as a surprise this year but you have nowhere to actually put either? Not everyone has space in their current home to keep everything that they might want to keep, especially when something is supposed to be a secret. Fortunately, modern life provides an answer to this dilemma in the form of self storage units of various sizes that you can rent. But don't simply rush out and get a storage unit just yet. Some things you need to consider first include:
Size: If you intend to use your self storage unit for the sole purpose of keeping a surprise until it can be given to the person in question, it's obviously a simple matter of just getting whatever unit the item will fit into and then keep the thing there until time to be given away. But when you intend to use the unit to store other things, the question isn't quite as straightforward. Getting just a small closet-sized unit could mean that you'd have to take all of the items out in order to find the one thing that you're looking for. On the other hand, renting a huge unit could result in a lot of wasted space. Always think carefully about what needs to be stored before renting any unit.
Pests: A good self storage facility will have a pest control professional come at least once a month to treat the units and to kill off as many pests as possible. However, if one of your storage neighbors accidentally brings in a few mice or roaches, they could still get into your unit and cause some damage to your gift or decorations before being eliminated by the pest control measures. Always protect your items as much as possible before putting them into storage. For smaller items, air-tight plastic totes can keep them safe from nearly all pests while larger items may be temporarily protected by sprinkling moth balls around the item in question. But if you are seriously concerned about pests, always talk to the facility employees.
Temperature: When storing holiday decorations, it's a good idea to take climate into consideration. Even if you don't live in a very hot climate, an outdoor self storage unit has the potential to get quite warm in the summer. Depending on the composition of your decorations, this heat could be detrimental to your plastic decorations. You certainly don't want to get your decorations out of storage to find that they have deformed due to heat. Thankfully, there are also facilities that have climate-controlled storage units so that you don't have to even think about whether things like temperature or humidity are things that should cause worry.