4 Surprising Ways Renting a Self Storage Makes Working from Home Heavenly
There are a million reasons why people rent storage units—in preparation for a move, to hold seasonal items like boats and ski equipment, or to keep seasonal décor out of the way. But have you ever considered renting a storage unit to make working from home easier?
While it may sound unconventional, there’s no question that more people are working remotely today than ever before. According to ABC News, the percentage of Australians working from home has exploded, leaping from just 8% to 40% in the last two years due, in large part, to the COVID-19 pandemic. The problem is most of us didn’t move into our current homes or flats under the expectation that we’d be working there, and oftentimes we find ourselves trying to work in less-than-ideal conditions.
But here’s the good news—renting a storage unit just might be the solution to the problem you’re wrestling with. Here’s 4 reasons why.
1. Helps You Get Rid of Home Clutter
Moving your office into your home can leave your space feeling crowded and cluttered. Free up some of that precious real estate for your office needs by renting a storage unit and moving out the superfluous stuff that is taking up space in your home.
Storage units are perfect for storing extra furniture, side tables, and decorative accessories as you move in desks, office chairs, and even work equipment. Not only will decluttering your home free up space, but it will also make your residence feel more open and roomier which, in turn, makes for a more productive work environment.
2. You Can Empty Out That Guest Room
One of the most common complaints about working from home is the fact that most people are without a dedicated workspace and find it hard to take care of business from the dining room table while meals are prepared and kids are running about in the background.
Let’s be honest…we’re still dealing with the fallout of an ongoing global pandemic. The odds of company coming for an overnight stay are relatively low. So, if you have a guest bedroom that hasn’t seen visitors in the last two years, why not move all of the furniture into storage and use the space to set up your office? Having an actual office will make you more productive…and having the luxury of closing a door while on conference calls or Zoom meetings is something that shouldn’t be minimised.
Something to note: If you are considering storing a mattress or wooden furniture for a long period of time, consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit. It may cost a bit more than an outdoor unit, but keeping the temperature and humidity stable means a decreased likelihood that furniture will warp or crack and mattresses will suffer from mold or mildew.
3. Gives You a Place to Store Inventory
It’s one thing to work from home if you are an employee, but it’s quite another if you are a small business owner and are dealing with storing inventory while working from home. Depending on the size of your newly-converted-guest-bedroom office and the amount of inventory you possess, keeping everything at home may not be an option.
Renting a storage unit allows you to keep your inventory safe and neatly organized. If you have an online storefront and will be packaging product for shipping, consider renting enough space to include a packing station in your storage unit.
Another perk—when you have the luxury of extra space, you can order inventory in larger quantities and take advantage of bulk pricing discounts without wondering where you’ll keep it.
4. Provides a Safe Space for Sensitive Documents
If you are a small business owner, you likely have loads of files and paper documents that need to be safely stored. If you are no longer working out of an office, you may be reluctant to leave these important papers in a vacant space…but hesitant to bring them into your home.
Documents you likely have on hand include:
- Client Files
- Business Plans
- Employee Records
- Tax and Financial Documents
- Lease Agreements
Renting a storage unit allows you to know your documents are safe and secure and free from the grip of curious kiddos and the mouths of bored house pets.
As businesses and employees grow more comfortable with the idea of working remotely, there is a chance many of us could shift from temporary to permanent at-home workers. Renting a storage unit frees up the space you need to create a functional home office.
If you’re ready to pull the trigger and rent a self-storage unit, we hope you’ll consider using Holloway Storage. We offer a wide range of affordable storage options, and our team of storage experts is ready and waiting to help.
Make sure your belongings are stored the right way…with Holloway.