Getting The Most From Your Storage Unit – Planning

Centennial Self Storage is a great way to keep your home from becoming a hoard.

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“This is beginning to look like an episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive! I have to do something to get this stuff out of here!”

Ok, so maybe it isn’t quite that bad yet, but you obviously have more stuff in your home than you want, or you wouldn’t be looking into a storage unit. We want to help you make the most of your unit, so you get just the size unit you need, and are able to get to the things you want, when you need them. Here are some tips for making the most of your storage unit.

You May Not Need A 10×10 Storage Unit.

Here’s how a typical call into a self-storage facility may go (you may have experienced this yourself):

Caller: Yes, I need a storage unit, how much do you charge?
Storage Manager: Do you know what size you need?
Caller: Um…I don’t know, I’ve never rented a unit before. I have a bunch of stuff.
Storage Manager: Ok, you’ll probably need a 10×10 unit and that runs…

THE GOOD NEWS: you may not need the 10×10 storage unit. This is the “default” of many storage unit workers. We’ve found that if you have the space, you’ll probably use it, but may not be able to get to your things easily. This is, in part, because of a mismatch of space available versus space needed.

Before you start collecting prices, determine how much space you’re going to need. We have a handy dandy guide to storage unit sizes. Make a list of what you’ll want to store, and then use this guide to determine how much space you really need. You can always call our storage professionals for advice on the size unit you need based on what you need to do with the space.

Make A Plan For Your Storage Unit

Organizing your stuff helps ensure your Centennial area storage unit is ready for you when you're ready for it.


In order to maximize the amount of space you have, make a plan for how you’ll store your items before you start packing. Here are some things to consider:

  1. What do you need to be able to access quickly or frequently? This will help you determine what should go in the back versus the front of the unit. Keep the things you need to be able to quickly access toward the front, with less frequently needed items (like holiday decorations, old year books, etc.) toward the back.
  2. Big stuff goes on the bottom. Larger things should go on the bottom, with smaller fragile items on the top. This ensures things won’t topple once you close the door, and that your fragile items won’t get crushed. We’ll discuss packing materials and tips in a later post.
  3. What about furniture? This can be one of the snags in storage units, but can also be a huge asset. If you’re going to store furniture, utilize it to its fullest capacity. If you’re storing a dresser, shelves, or something of the like, use it to help stack and sort your storage unit to reduce the need to purchase storage shelves. If you’re storing chairs, couches, beds or other softer furniture, be sure you consider the space it’ll take and if you want things stacked on top of it. If you’re not going to need it soon, try standing it up in a corner or against the wall.
  4. Create a map. This may sound over the top, but it can help both in packing your storage unit, as well as getting to things when you need them. The great thing about storage units is the symmetry of the unit and the boxes. Consider using some graph paper to outline your storage unit, and make a scale drawing of what you’ll put where. It’s easier to move things on paper than unpacking a storage unit several times because stuff won’t fit.

The Best Self Storage Experience in Centennial!

If you’re in the market for a storage unit, whether it’s your first time or you’ve been storing for years, give us a call at (303) 785-7578 and talk with one of our storage professionals. We’ll not only help you determine what the best size storage unit is for your needs, but we’ll also let you use one of our trucks to move your stuff out of the house and into your unit. Even better, come by our location on Smoky Hill Road, get a free cup of coffee and take a tour of our facility. Once you do, you’ll understand why Neighborhood Self Storage is the best Aurora area self-storage provider.

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