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Hello! If you need to store some of your belongings, you probably have many questions, such as how to choose a storage facility, how to properly pack your items and how to stack your items inside the unit. If these questions and others are on your mind, you'll find the answers you need about storage when you read this blog. My name is Jenna, and because of my work, I have to move frequently. Since I can't always take all my belongings with me, I have to store them in a storage facility. I've had a lot of experience with packing and storing my possessions, and I want to share all I've learned with my readers. After checking out this blog, you'll know all about renting a storage facility and your questions will be answered.

Your Questions Answered About Storage Facilities

A Self-Storage Unit Is Helpful When You Decide to Get a Roommate

by Susan Beck

If you have a spare bedroom in your house that you never use or that's stuffed full of clutter, you may want to consider renting the room out. You might list the room on a vacation rental site or look for a long-term roommate. Here are the benefits of renting a room in your home and how to make the extra space you'll need by renting a storage unit.

1. Why You May Want to Rent a Spare Bedroom

The biggest reason for renting a spare room is so you can get an extra income. A long-term renter can provide a steady income when you're out of work. A roommate can help you pay the mortgage and part of the utility bills.

If you rent to short-term vacationers, you may not have a steady income, but you won't be saddled with a long-term roommate when your finances improve. However, if you currently live alone, you may find having a roommate provides you with companionship and someone to help with chores around the house, so you may want a roommate as a permanent arrangement.

2. How to Make Space for a Roommate

Someone who rents a single room probably won't have furniture, so you may not need to put any furniture in storage. However, renting a self-storage unit is a good idea because it makes it easy to move clutter from the spare room and empty some closets so your roommate has plenty of room for clothing and other belongings. Your roommate may even want to split the cost of a storage unit so they have a safe place for their belongings without having to clutter up your house. If you share the unit, be sure to label boxes carefully or use totes of different colors so you can tell what boxes belong to who when you return to the unit.

If you don't need to store the bed and dressers, then the smallest size storage unit might suffice. You can organize the unit like a large walk-in closet so you can easily find anything you might need. You might want to put things in clear totes so you can see through them and so the plastic provides protection from dampness and insects.

By decluttering your home along with the spare room, your home will look more attractive and welcoming for renters. A good thing about renting a self-storage unit is that you aren't locked in for the long term. If you decide you don't like renting to the vacation market or living with a full-time roommate, you can get your things out of storage anytime you want since you'll typically pay month by month.