How Much Space Do I Really Need? | Morningstar Storage

If you’ve run out of room in your closets, need to clean out a spare bedroom, are moving or just have extra stuff you’d love to find a better home for, you probably know that it’s time to rent a self storage unit at Morningstar Storage. Why Morningstar? Our storage facilities offer great features and amenities to take the stress out of storing, from heated and cooled storage units and easily-accessible storage spaces with same floor or elevator-friendly access to free rental trucks, 24/7 unit access, wonderful people and so much more.

But how do you determine how much space you really need? You don’t want to pay for too much space that you won’t use, after all. That’s what we’re here for! Keep reading or give us call (or both!) to help you find your perfect fit.

Before You Store…Take Stock of Your Stuff!

The first thing you need to do before shopping for a storage unit is to figure out how much stuff you have and how you’re going to pack it for storage. Think about how big the room it all lives in currently is. If you’re packing items from multiple rooms, just give your best guess. Make a list of everything that’s going into the storage unit. Once that’s done, consider box sizes and any sort of packaging or wrapping material.

Got your list? Checked it a few times? Great! Once you know everything that’s going into storage, you can use that list to figure out the unit size you’ll want to rent. Figure out which location you’ll probably want to rent from and note the store’s phone number and email address in case you have any questions.

Use an Online Size Guide

For most people, the first step in actually choosing a storage unit is to take a look at our storage unit size guide. This helpful page provides measurements for every type of unit we provide and gives examples of what you might store inside them. For a lot of people, this is a good indicator of just how much space you’ll probably end up using. Once that’s done, go ahead and reserve the right storage unit online. Reserving the storage unit can hold it for you until you get a chance to take a closer look at the facility and make sure it’s up to your standards.

Sometimes, though, you may want to take a more “hands-on” approach to determining your storage needs.

Visit the Demo Storage Unit

One great—and unique—thing about Morningstar Storage is the demo unit inside every store. We dedicate one storage unit in each location to showing our customers exactly how much space each storage unit has, with common unit sizes painted on the floor. Our team members are more than happy to walk you through the demonstration unit and give you a good idea of which one will work best for your needs.

Be sure to take lots of photos, and consider arranging your future stored items in a space that’s about the same size as the storage unit you’re planning on renting. This will tell you whether or not you’ve estimated the right amount of space.

Choose Morningstar Storage—The Right Amount of Space in the Right Location

Once you’ve gotten your storage unit size and features figured out, it’s time to reserve your space and plan for move-in. Whether you’re having a friend or professional movers help you load your stuff into your vehicle or borrowing one of our moving trucks, Morningstar Storage makes moving into a storage unit as easy as it can possibly be. If you have questions about self storage, how to pack, or any of our facility features, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I pay? Can I pay online?

    We have several ways that you can pay, and they are all FEE FREE! Online, by phone, in- person, or auto-pay. We strongly suggest using the ACH Autopay method. It safely and automatically transfers your payment directly to us for an always on time payment from your checking account on the first of every month. If you wish to pay online, you will need to create an account with the original email you used to reserve your unit, as well as your unit number.
  • Do you prorate in and out?

    Absolutely! We do not want you to have to pay for any days in the month that you’re not storing with us! For instance, if you sign your lease on the 11th of the month, your first payment is only for the 11th through the end of the month. On your move-out, we only ask that you give us a 10 day notice and that you vacate no later than the 15th. If you abide by those two easy rules, we will refund you for the entire second half of the month!
  • Do I have to stay a certain amount of time?

    At Morningstar you are never locked in to a long term lease. Stay as long or as little as your needs apply. We offer month to month leases with prorating in and out.
  • Do I need Insurance?

    If it’s worth storing then it must be worth protecting! We offer low-cost coverage for most of life’s mishaps for as little as 40 cents a day. So, even in the unlikely event that you will ever have a claim, it’s comforting to know that the coverage that we can offer protects your belongings in transit on the way to our facility, and there is never a deductible.
  • Do you require a deposit to hold a unit?

    We do not require a deposit to hold a unit for you.

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