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A Guide to Renting Your First Storage Unit


Whether you are downsizing, moving, a member of the military, or simply looking to free up space in your home, there may be a time in your life where you will need to find a space for your belongings for an extended period. The process of finding a storage unit can seem intimidating, but fear not, we’re here to show you the ropes of renting your first storage unit.

Take Inventory

Determine what you need to put in storage. Is it seasonal gear or decor? Large furniture items that you don’t currently have room for? Precious belongings including documents, photos, or art? If you’re moving, give yourself this time to go through all of your belongings and get rid of anything you no longer need. There’s no sense in putting it in storage or moving it if you no longer love it.

Find a Self Storage Unit

When searching for a storage unit, it is important to find one that fits your needs. Location, features, and convenience all top the list.

  • Location - Make sure the unit is close to home if you’re needing to access it often. Better yet, easy access to freeways, a grocery store, and gas is key.
  • Features - Storage units come in all shapes, sizes, and some offer a variety of features. Interested in additional security features? How about climate-controlled units? Thoroughly research your options.
  • Convenience - besides being conveniently located, find a unit that will make your life easier. Some self storage companies offer packing and moving supplies onsite, along with a loading dock and drive-up access.

Determine the Size

After taking inventory of the items you need to store, you’ll need to determine what size unit will work for you. Don’t estimate – CitiWide Self Storage provides a handy visual to determine what items and quantity will fit in each unit size.

Master Move-In Day

The day has come for you to move in to your new storage unit! Take the time to make a to-do list. Don’t run around town finding packing and moving supplies. Find everything you need onsite at CitiWide Self Storage.

Storage Unit

Your belongings deserve a good home away from home. Find the perfect space by following this handy guide, and we promise you’ll be on the right track to renting your first storage unit. For all of your Long Island City storage needs, contact CitiWide Self Storage today.

CitiWide Self Storage


4555 Pearson St Long Island City, NY 11101