Over time, it’s easy to accumulate more stuff than you have room for in your living space. This can happen if you’re hesitant to throw things out, keep buying or receiving things or cannot find a larger place to live that can hold all your belongings.

So, what do you do? You could clean your home or apartment and throw away or donate anything you don’t want anymore. But that won’t cover everything. You could try renting some storage units, but that may not seem like the ideal solution. Here are eight storage alternatives you can try before you decide if storage units are right for you.

Keep, donate or throw away

We touched on this briefly above, but it bears repeating. If you’re short on space and long on items, one way to cut down on clutter is to separate items in your home into three piles: keep, donate or throw away. Donating or throwing away things you don’t want or need anymore can free up space in your home.

Ask friends and family for storage help

If you have items that you just can’t stand to part with, but don’t have room in your living space to keep them, you can always ask your friends and family if they have any room to store your items. This especially makes sense if you live in an apartment and your relatives live in a house.

Use available storage

If you live in an apartment, you often have access to an area where you can store things like bicycles and other large equipment. You can talk to your landlord about potential storage options and make sure you’re using all the space you’re paying for.

Try on-demand storage apps

Apps like Clutter and MakeSpace offer on-demand storage. For a fee, they’ll send workers out to your home to box up, transport and store your belongings for as long as you need. If you want those things back, you can have them dropped off at your home or apartment.

Try the Neighbor app

This app allows you to store things at other people’s homes in your area for a price. This is often more convenient and less expensive than traditional self-storage. Plus, there’s numerous different sizing options, from a small closet to a full garage.

Build a shed

If you own your own home and clear it with your local authorities or homeowners association, you could build a shed in the back of your yard to house some of the larger lawn maintenance equipment you have.

Use the attic

You might have been avoiding storing things in your home’s attic up until this point, but it’s a viable option worth exploring if you’ve run out of space for your belongings.

Buy a storage container

Instead of spending money on space in storage units, you could buy your own storage container. It’s likely larger than most storage units, it’s built to withstand the elements and once you make it your own, you can customize it to your liking.

Call to discuss our storage units today

If none of these options appeal to you—and honestly, they may all require more effort than just renting a storage unit at a trusted facility—call the team at A Plus Storage Corporation. We offer safe, secure storage units that range in size from 25 to 300 square feet, and our friendly staff are ready to help you find a storage solution that works for you.

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