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People, generally speaking, like to buy and own stuff. It is in our very nature. We like to be able to possess the things we find of value, or use, or both. However, our wish to possess objects can sometimes be rather uncomfortable with our ability to house all of those objects. After all, our apartments are gettings smaller and the number of possessions we have is not something we usually want to go down. Therefore, people use storage. This helps quite a lot in organizing our lives and temporarily disposing of things we do not need now but will have use of latter… However, sometimes, we can’t afford (or don’t want to rent) a storage unit in your local storage facilities. That is when the in-house storage units come into play.

Storage units in general

Ok, before we talk about in-house storage units, let us discuss storage facilities in general and see how they differ. So let consider what is the basic storage facility Manhattan you will find? Well, that is a rental, safe space for you to leave your possessions. The facilities that provide these units come in all shapes and sizes. However, they can be most easily distinguished by simple classification of outside and inside storage facilities.

Shelves in a storage
There are all kinds of storages

This is a plain and simple difference. However, this does not pose so much difference to the inside of the units. Those will still have pretty much the same conditions. However, access is another thing indeed. Want to pick up that ski equipment during a snowstorm? You will want an inside and closed storage facility. However, want to pick up that quarter-of-a-ton heavy piano you left there 5 years ago? You might want to consider an outside storage facility where you will have easier access by car to the said instrument.

One more way to separate storages is into climate-controlled ones and those who lack climate control. Climate control is a pretty big aspect of storages and we will always recommend it, especially if you are looking for a long-term storage unit. Climate control is an excellent tool in the fight against mold, moisture and other insidious enemies of stored possessions. We are going to talk about these in greater detail down the road.

Finally, special storages are to be mentioned. You will find that in-house storage units are a good option most of the time, but when you need things that are especially valuable or require certain conditions (wine, for example) to be stored, you need to invest into special storage that provides the environment your stored items will need.

What are in-house storage units

So, now that we explained how you can use storage facilities for short and long term storage, let us talk about what exactly are in-house storage units. The name says a lot, of course. They are parts of your home that are turned into a storage unit, for all purposes.

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An attic can be used!

How does it work? Well, you know that you have too many things around the house once passing through a hallway or a living room garners congratulations and or instructions. That is when you realize you need to declutter. However, where should you go with all of that stuff? You can’t or won’t invest in a storage facility, so in-house storage units provide an alternative.

In-house storage units can be pretty much any part of the house. Most often it is the attic or basement, but you will find that hallways are possible as well. Actually, with some smart planning, high shelves, and imagination any room can become an in house storage unit. However, there are some things you should know when making storage.

Decluttering the home

A big part of in-house storage units is what you will put in them. So, to create your own furniture storage NYC, you have to know exactly what kind of furniture you are putting inside it. The same goes for storage for anything else. There will never be space for everything, so you also have 3 additional options for things you will not store.

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Ready to do some decluttering? Try not to be overwhelmed
  • Sell – A yard sale is a good way to get some money!
  • Donate – Rather than storing something inside in-house storage units, you can also donate them to a charity.
  • Recycle – Finally, if not only you but anyone will not have any use out of these items, you might as well throw them away. However, try to recycle when possible.

Watch out for foes

We mention that climate controlled storage Manhattan is the best option against mold and moisture. This is very much true. You also want to avoid rodents and other pests. This is why you should inspect your storage regularly and try to regulate the heat and moisture.

What are the pros and cons?

The pros of in-house storage units are definitely their convenience. Once you learn how to pack like a pro you will be filling that unit in no time and have convenient storage inside your own home. Furthermore, they are a cheaper option than facilities. However, nobody guarantees the safety of your items, which could be a dealbreaker to some, and they also require more regulation and house space (which sometimes defeats the purpose of downsizing)

To sum it up

Ok, so now that we have covered the pros and cons of in-house storage units, what is there left to be said? Well, now we have to summarise the results and see what the score is, figuratively speaking. All in all, in-house storage units are a pretty useful addition to anyone that feels that they have just a tiny bit too many things inside their homes. However, one must also see that these storages take valuable space too and that their maintenance is not always simple. Arguably, paying for storage units will be more advisable for some folks. However, all in all, for those who have space and willingness, there is nothing to stop you from making and getting good use out of in-house storage unit.

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011