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Why Use Self Storage?
People are generally happier when there’s less clutter around them—and if you’ve ever been creeped out by one of those hoarding reality shows, keeping your belongings continually organized ensures you never get featured on one of them.
Getting rid of your clutter also helps you free up space, so you don’t end up not getting any use out of the items you actually do need just because you can’t find them or they are not easily accessible.
Using a self-storage unit to store your memorabilia, out-of-season items, heirlooms and unneeded furniture keeps your items safe, protected and available when you need them.
Most self-storage facilities—and all of Next Door Self Storage’s facilities—include more than a lock. Facilities are protected by cameras, exterior lighting and security guards or other onsite managers that are paid to keep an eye on your belongings. Large items, like boats and cars, which would normally be exposed to the elements, can be parked indoors. Smaller items stay protected in the dust-free, temperate environment of a climate controlled unit. Your belongings won’t get that kind of treatment in your basement. And those important papers and tax receipts stuffed in boxes and packed in your closet? They’re safer when they’re packed and stacked out of the way.
Cans half-full of paint, power tools, tall ladders and rarely-used cleaning products can become dangerous in the hands of a child or when left out in easy-to-access places. Locking these items away in a storage unit keeps them out of your house and the reach of children and guests. Do make sure to discuss any potentially hazardous materials you plan to store with the specialist at your facility. When items are too dangerous to store, a Next Door Self Storage facility representative can tell you how to dispose of them properly.
Large items are very difficult to store in your own home. Grandma’s rocking chair that you’re saving for your first child—or that crib that you need to put into storage for your second child—takes up an unreasonable amount of space. You’ll be glad when you’re no longer tripping over the things you need to save now, but don’t need to use until some future date. You’ll save money when you’re not repurchasing the same holiday decorations year after year just because you threw them away to save space. And having a dedicated location to store your unused exercise equipment, seasonal sports equipment and camping gear gives you more room to live your daily life.
Don’t forget the value of insurance. Your self-storage facility will probably offer insurance. Take advantage of it! You’ll sleep easier knowing that your belongings are always protected.
Even better? We have locations all over Illinois, so your belongings are never far from home.