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5 Storage Strategies for That Big Remodel


Whether you’ve finally decided to expand your kitchen, add that long-needed second bathroom, or turn your unfinished basement into a rec room, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of making a big change. But with a big remodel can come a big mess, so it’s important to protect your important belongings from sheetrock dust, paint, and other contaminants. Our guide to storing your prized possessions will help keep the mess to a minimum.

Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Regardless of which room you’re remodeling, you will likely need to move some or all of your items into a storage unit to get them out of the way. But before you start moving anything, you’ll need to decide which items you will need regular access to and which you can do without for the length of your remodel. It can be helpful to make a list, and then group those items from each of those categories together. When it’s time to move things into their temporary home, you will want to move the items you won’t need first so the ones you want to access will be at the front of your storage area and easy to grab.

Keep Your Things Closer

Depending on the size of the space being remodeled and the other rooms in your home, you may be able to designate a specific room as your storage space. For instance, if you’re working on your kitchen and have an extra bedroom nearby, this could be the perfect place to store those pots, pans, and dishes, so they’re easy to get at when it’s time for dinner. Even if you do decide on another storage space for you larger items, this may be the ideal solution for keeping items you need regularly within easy reach.

Put Your Stuff in the Garage

If you’re lucky enough to have an attached garage, this may be the perfect place to stash your larger belongings. Just be sure to remove anything already there that you may need to reach (e.g., your car) so that when everything has been moved in it won’t be blocking your access. Now, fill ‘er up and call it good!

Put it in a POD

If you don’t have a garage or your garage is already packed with stuff, a POD is another possible solution. It’s like a garage that gets dropped off at your house. There are three sizes to choose from and you can hold onto it for just about as little or long as you want. Drawbacks include needing a place near your home to put the POD – and city ordinances can be unforgiving, depending on where you’re located.

Get a Self Storage Unit

Another option for storing your larger items outside your home is to rent a self storage unit. This can keep your house from getting overly cluttered, and it may help preserve your sanity. Modern self storage units offer a variety of benefits, including a wide array of sizes, making it easy to find a unit that’s a perfect fit for your needs. Additional benefits include extras like climate-controlled storage that can help protect more fragile items like artwork and antiques from moisture and changes in temperature. Most self storage companies also offer the peace of mind of high-tech security features.

If you’re considering using a storage unit for your remodel, contact CitiWide to learn more about our self storage units for rent. With month-to-month contracts and no deposits, it’s easy to rent a unit just for the time you need.

For more tips, tricks, and life hacks, visit the Citiwide Self Storage blog.

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