Student Storage Tips

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College Lifestyle: What To Store

Deciding what to do with all of the things you have accumulated during your years in college can be stressful, even frustrating.  At the end of spring semester it may be difficult to decide if you are really ever going to wear half of your clothes again or read through that pile of books stacked on your shelves one day.  Regardless, you may find yourself moving all of those extra things from year to year into a new dorm room or apartment as you watch them take up more and more valuable space that you could be using to live more comfortably.
Some things you may be able to get rid of, but you know that occasionally you need random things that are important to have even if they are seldom used. Knowing which things will be needed may be a challenge, but decluttering your college home can make your days there much more enjoyable.  Outsourcing your extra items to different locations will give you more options. It may make it possible for you to design your living space and tailor it to your own personality.
First, plan out what you need and ask yourself the following questions:
  • Is your load of extra stuff getting out of hand?
  • When do you need to free up some extra space?
  • Is this going to be temporary, such as over the summer or for a semester when you study abroad?
  • How much time do you wish to spend sorting through the items and separating them into the things you might use in the near future and the things you can live without?
Leasing a self storage unit near campus may open up some beneficial options, as illustrated below:
  • You will be able to go to the self storage facility and pick up the items you need at your convenience. When you find that a reference to last year’s science book would fit perfectly into this year’s research paper, you may be relieved to know that you just have to drive down the road to find it.
  • Easy access will allow you to rotate seasonal clothing throughout the school year.
  • You will be able to pack furniture near campus during breaks.
  • You can take things to the unit anytime and quickly make space in your room.
  • It will provide a place to store items, such as last term’s books, until you can sell them online.
If you decide to rent a self storage unit, there are some things you should keep in mind:
  • Storage facilities, especially near large campuses, get booked fast as summer approaches, so make plans to reserve a unit well in advance.
  • Avoid the degeneration of your items. Be sure to wash clothes and blankets, and to store your items properly.
  • Leave room in and around boxes of clothes for ventilation, and keep the door of your mini fridge open.  Over time, especially with the increase of humidity, moisture and mildew can build up.
  • Remember storing electronics like a television or video game system will require a climate-controlled unit to ensure that parts do not melt.

College Student Storage Overview

Whether you are attending Valley City State University, the University of Jamestown or a college out of the area, here are some college student storage tips to help you find the best storage for your needs.
The college years may be a time to expand your mind, but physical space can be a problem. There is only so much space in your dorm room.  Even if you live off campus in an apartment, space is limited  After you have used up all the space you have, it may be time to call a self storage company.  This is also a good solution if you are going to study aboard for a semester.
Depending on the time of year, it may be tricky to find a cheap, available self storage space right away, especially if you live in a small to medium-sized college town like Jamestown, ND.  It may even be nearly impossible if you try to search within the last month of the semester unless you are willing to travel a few extra miles from campus.  However, in today's world, lots of storage companies allow you to easily rent or book a unit online and move-in almost anytime.  if you are looking just to free up some space during the year and you do not want to ship your “valuables” home, then getting a small personal storage unit may be worth the cost.  There are just a few things you may want to ask a company before renting a unit:
  • How is the security?  (Cameras, personnel, fencing around property, etc.)
  • Is there a sign-up, administration or deposit fee?
  • Are the first and/or last months prorated?
  • What amount of time to you need to provide when moving out?
  • Do you need to provide your own lock?
  • Will you be able to access your storage unit 7 days a week, 24 hours a day?
  • What happens to your stuff if you forget to pay or your automatic credit card payment doesn’t go through?
  • Are there late payment fees?
  • What can you store there and what can't you store there?
  • Are there any student discounts?
  • Does the facility have moving carts and dollies?
Now that you have a self storage unit, what do you store?  Generally you can't storage anything flammable or perishable!  Some places offer outdoor storage, which works great for your car if you have to leave it over spring or summer break, you can just rent a parking space. Others offer special features like air conditioning or climate control storage that protect your goods from extreme temperatures and humidity. 
Here are a few tips to help make things easy to find in your self storage unit:
  • Label boxes on the top and side.
  • Place least likely to be used items in back.
  • Place breakables on top.
  • Include dryer sheets to keep the mice away.
  • Leave space between rows of boxes.