These days, more and more people are choosing to rent rather than buy their homes. In 2014, more than 40% of the population rented homes, apartments, or condos. Sometimes this is driven by convenience or budget, other times by necessity. Regardless of the reason, it’s a trend that doesn’t show any signs of going away, given that young people seem to be increasingly likely to rent rather than buy, with the share of renters aged 18 to 34 climbing to more than 70% in 2014.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who rent a home, apartment, or condo, you know that there are tradeoffs, including limited space and limited options on how to improve that space for your own storage needs. That’s where self-storage in Oklahoma comes to the rescue. Whether you’re looking for self-storage in Chickasha, Newcastle, or anywhere else in Oklahoma, you can find storage solutions to help keep your stuff safe, secure, and out of the way, while also keeping it accessible while you rent!

Make a Moving and Storage Game Plan

Making a plan is a good first step before you embark on any big operation, and moving is definitely a big operation. When you’re moving into a new apartment or condo, your game plan will be determined in part by the reasons behind your move. You may be moving to go to school, to start a new job, or as part of your military service. (Military moves are especially common, and with so many bases around Lawton, Storage ‘R’ Us provides lots of military self-storage in Oklahoma.) You may be downsizing from a larger home into a smaller apartment, or moving out of your parents’ house or out of college dorms for the first time. In many cases, rentals are used to get a feel for a place before you buy a more permanent home there.

Whatever the reasons for your move, there will be stuff that you want to take with you, stuff that you want to leave behind, and probably stuff that you want to keep but may not have room for in your new place. Getting an idea of how much space you’ll have once you move can help prevent you from living out of boxes for weeks or months at a time once you get there. You can pack some things for your new place and some things for self-storage in Newcastle, or wherever you may be moving in Oklahoma. If you want more help planning your move, visit Storage ‘R’ Us in Lawton, Newcastle, Chickasha, and across Oklahoma. We’ve got plenty of moving supplies for sale, PENSKE truck rentals available, and the self-storage pros on our staff know lots of great moving tips that will help your game plan succeed!

Weed Out the Stuff You Don’t Need

We all have stuff that we don’t need, so if you’re downsizing your living space anyway, it’s a great time to de-clutter and simplify your life and your move. After all, the less stuff you have, the less you have to move!

Just because you own something now doesn’t necessarily mean that it needs to come with you on the move, or go into storage. Let go of things you never use, or things that have no value to you—either monetary or sentimental. There’s no need to spend the time and energy moving things that you don’t actually want or need. For what’s left, however, self-storage in Oklahoma is a great fit. 

Measure Your Rooms

As we said, one of the most important parts of planning a move is knowing how much space you’re going to have when you get there. After all, there’s not much point in figuring out what you want to bring with you until you know what you can bring, right? When you visit the location, bring a tape measure, and get an accurate idea of the amount of usable space you’ll have to work with. Raw square footage numbers aren’t much help if it turns out that your bedroom is too narrow for your current bed. Once you know how much space you have in your rental, you can start figuring out how much space you’ll need in storage. 

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Use the Self Storage Calculator

Some people are intimidated by the idea of renting self-storage in Chickasha or anywhere else, because they have no idea what size self-storage unit they’ll actually need. Fortunately, the pros at Storage ‘R’ Us have made it easy. You can visit any of our locations in Newcastle, Lawton, Chickasha, Moore, or Duncan, OK, and one of our self-storage associates will be happy to help you find the perfect self-storage unit for your needs. If you’re moving in from out of state, though, you may not have a lot of time to spend hanging out in Newcastle (or wherever) before you need to actually start your move, which is why we also have a handy online self-storage calculator that can help you to convert what you need to store into how much space you’ll need to store it! 

Rent Little, Rent Big

Self-storage in Oklahoma isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation; at least, here at Storage ‘R’ Us, we don’t think it should be. We don’t want you to rent any more space than you need, or try to cram all of your many rooms of stuff into a too-small unit. We want you to have the self-storage solution that’s perfect for you, your home, and your family. That means drive-up, exterior self-storage units, climate-controlled units, and many more options. We even offer RV, boat, and other specialty vehicle storage, for if you’re moving to a place with more restricted parking options than you’re used to.

All you need is a valid photo ID, current contact information, and about 15 minutes of time to fill out a lease agreement form. You’ll also want to bring along your own padlock so that you’re the only one who has access to the unit, though you can also buy padlocks from our on-site store. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our gate and office hours. While you can generally access your stuff at any time, day or night, you might want to know when offices are open and staff are around to help you out.

And Consider Getting the Self Storage Insurance

Generally speaking, if you bother to put something into self-storage it’s because you want to keep it—unless it’s that collection of creepy porcelain dolls that you’ve somehow inherited, along with the curse that obviously comes with them. If something is important enough to you to store, it’s probably important enough to insure.

At Storage ‘R’ Us, we take the safety and security of our customers’ belongings very seriously. All our facilities are protected by fenced and walled perimeters and 24/7 digital video. But not even we can prevent natural disasters that may impact the contents of your self-storage unit. Fortunately, there are plenty of insurance companies that offer self-storage insurance to help protect the value of your stored possessions. One popular option is SafeStor, which offers a variety of inexpensive plans. You can ask your Storage ‘R’ Us self-storage team for more information, or ask for SafeStor insurance by name.

Storage ‘R’ Us has 8 Self Storage Locations in Oklahoma

Storage ‘R’ Us has been in business since 1972, so we’ve helped a lot of people move to, from, and within Oklahoma. We’ve got 8 convenient locations offering self-storage in Chickasha, Lawton, Moore, and Duncan, not to mention our two newest locations providing self-storage in Newcastle, OK. Whether you’re moving, looking for military self-storage in Oklahoma, or just need a place to put that RV, boat, or jet ski, we’ve got the self-storage solutions for you.

To get started making your next move easier, contact Storage ‘R’ Us at one of our 8 convenient locations today!