A Guide to Common College Storage Mistakes

Looking for affordable state college storage units in the greater Pennsylvania area this summer? Look no further than Economy Self Storage in Honey Brook PA! Economy Self Storage is your premier storage destination offering climate-controlled storage rentals at a reasonable price. Read our guide below to learn how to conquer common college storage mistakes this summer!

Always Avoid Clutter – Organize Your Unit With a Plan

Avoid the headache of unpacking a poorly organized storage unit when you come back from your summer break – strategically plan your unit’s layout. Consider creating an overhead map of your unit’s layout, and utilize excel to create a spreadsheet listing any items stored over break. Label any boxes or storage bins, and be sure to make use of your unit’s “vertical space” – place large storage bins at the base of your unit, and stack smaller and lighter boxes on top.

Pack your storage unit strategically. Small boxes containing textbooks or seasonal clothing items can be placed close to your storage unit’s door for easy access. In contrast, heavy larger items such as mattresses or dressers should be loaded in first and pushed flush with your unit’s back wall. Protect larger items from potential damage by wrapping them in bubble wrap, plastic wrap, or furniture blankets. Be sure to visit Economy Self Storage today for packing and moving supplies!

Always Avoid Overpacking – Donate or Sell Unneeded Items

Consider ridding yourself of any excess items prior to loading up your storage unit. That stained and sagging floral print couch in the corner, or the cumbersome tv set you were never able to use? List these items for sale on your campus’ message board, or post them on an online marketplace such as Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. They might not be worth much, but remember your goal is to free up potentially wasted storage space, so any amount made is an extra bonus. Look at it as some gas money for your trip back home.

Alternatively, if the idea of selling your items seems like too much work, you can choose to donate your unneeded items to an area thrift store or church. Regardless of your method, the end goal is the same – rid yourself of unnecessary items, and only store essential items while away on summer break.

Always Avoid Downsizing – Pick the Right Size Storage Unit

Listen, we understand; as a college student money is tight, and you’re probably considering renting the smallest storage unit to save some money over your break. Still, know this – there is nothing worse than running out of storage space mid-move. Instead, consider sizing up your storage unit to avoid a potential move-out nightmare. Moving.com helps detail the amount of space you will need in their recent article discussing summer storage tips for college students. As they note, a 5×5 size storage unit should sufficiently store a small dorm room or one-bedroom apartment; however, you should consider sizing up to a 5×10 size unit if you live in a two or three-bedroom apartment. Use their estimate as a guideline when considering storage sizes.

Equally as useful, Economy Self Storage provides a free storage calculator online. Input any items you plan to store, and the calculator will provide an estimate of your square footage needs, and subsequently the storage calculator will suggest an appropriate storage size. Avoid the mistake of renting an inferior size storage unit this summer!

Economy Self Storage in Honey Brook PA

Visit Economy Self Storage in Honey Brook today for your source of affordable state college storage units in the greater Pennsylvania area. Our facility offers outdoor parking and vehicle storage, and drive-up accessible temperature-controlled storage units monitored by 24/7 cameras. Additionally, enjoy the convenience of month-to-month rentals – this feature is ideal for college students within the area looking for affordable summer storage rental options. Avoid common college storage mistakes this summer when you rent with Economy Self Storage in Honey Brook PA.

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Katie Mest

About the Author: Katie Mest is a Content Marketing Specialist at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She specializes in writing about the self storage industry, including storage tips and helpful resources. Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors and snuggling in with a crochet project and her cat, Billie.