If there’s one thing that complicates a move more than anything else, it’s having to fill, organize, and keep track of dozens of packed boxes. Think of your last move—did you find yourself buried under your own belongings, living in a maze that made everyday life unbearable?

Though many first-timers take on all of the moving tasks themselves (usually in an effort to save a buck), savvy movers have a few tricks up their sleeves for keeping their sanity during this period of upheaval. Enlisting the help of a storage company to help you manage those boxes is one of them.  

Benefits of investing in a storage option while you move

Though it may not be traditional advice, storing your belongings while you’re in the process of moving can be a lifesaver for a number of reasons. Let’s explore a few:

It helps you tackle the move in a more manageable, incremental way. Once you’ve cleaned out a closet and packed everything up, wouldn’t it be so much more satisfying to get those boxes out of the way? Wouldn’t it be nice to have one less thing to look at and worry about? Storing your items is like checking them off of your list so you can focus on next steps instead of letting them stack up and fretting about transporting them on moving day.

Storage gives you the peace of mind that your belongings are safe. This is especially beneficial if you’re moving out of state or to a smaller place, or in any situation where your belongings need a temporary home while you figure out where you’ll end up in the long term. Storage facilities tend to be large, weatherproof or climate controlled centers designed to provide safekeeping for valuables, so there’s less risk that they’ll be lost or damaged during the move.

It helps you take stock of all of your belongings. These days, homeowners and apartment dwellers are becoming more interested in minimalism, downsizing, and letting go of any belongings that don’t “spark joy,” in the words of famous organizer Marie Kondo. When you put your belongings in storage, you know exactly how much stuff you have and the precise amount of space it takes up. This can help you determine whether you need to cut back even further.

What are the best storage options out there?

The best storage option for you depends on how much you’re willing to spend and how much of the work you want to do yourself.

People with modest budgets tend to choose self-service storage, mostly because it’s on the cheaper end of the scale. However, that affordability is offset by the fact that you’ll do most of the back-breaking work yourself—packing, carrying boxes to the truck, driving the truck to the unit, unloading, and arranging your items in the storage unit. Sounds a bit exhausting, right? If you decide to go this route, enlist the help of a few friends who don’t mind sharing the burden.

Those with large houses full of furniture or relatively short timelines for their move prefer moving containers, which are steel-framed, lockable units that are rather large and are usually placed in a home’s driveway. With this option, you pack up and arrange all of your items in the container, and then call the company to come transport the unit to your new home once you’re ready. Keep in mind, though, that’s you’ll need a fairly large outdoor area in which to place the container.  

For those who need the most assistance and flexibility, a full-service residential moving company can handle everything from packing and storage to transport and unpacking. This is by far the most convenient, stress-free option. Imagine—you’d hardly have to do any of the work yourself. Moving professionals will come to your home, box up your belongings, and take them to their dedicated storage space. Once you’ve got the keys to your new house or apartment, they’ll deliver your items. It’s as simple as that!

For moves big and small, local or long distance, trust the moving and storage professionals at Coleman American Storage Services. Our customer-focused approach begins with a consultation with a relocation specialist who will go over your options with you. Curious to find out how a residential moving company can make your life easier? Call us now or fill out the online form for a free quote!