Having friends and family come together during the holiday season is a tradition many of us look forward to each year…but it can also bring its own share of stress as you try to prepare your home for the increase in visitors and guests.

It brings to mind the holiday movie classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. As Clark Griswold invites extended family to spend the holiday in their home, his frazzled wife, Ellen bemoans, “I think you’re forgetting how difficult it’s going to be having everybody at the house at the same time.”

No truer words have ever been spoken, but the influx in guests doesn’t have to ruin your Christmas spirit if you consider renting a self-storage unit during the holidays.

Did the lightbulb just go off over your head? Are you currently asking yourself, Now why didn’t I think of that?

The truth is many people assume self-storage units are reserved for those who are storing items long-term or are in the process of moving.

Not so.

Self-storage units are perfect for short-term storage during the holidays for a variety of reasons…and we’re betting some of the ideas that made our list have never occurred to you. Let’s take a look.

1. Use it to free up space in guest rooms.

If you’re like most of us, your guest bedroom has taken on a second persona—home office, workout room, crafting closet. Odds are, the bed is covered under layers of stuff that has yet to find a home.

Self-storage provides that extra space you need to uncover the bed and clear out the crafting tables or office desk, so your guests can enjoy their own little hideaway during the holidays.

Be sure to clean out the closet and a few drawers in the bedroom dresser so your visitors have a place to store their clothes.

2. Out with the clutter, in with the holiday décor.

It can often be challenging trying to figure out where to place your holiday tree and other Christmas décor that takes up space. Oftentimes, a chair is moved out of the room and into—you guessed it—the guest bedroom, to make space for the Christmas tree.

Use your self-storage unit to safely store excess furniture and make more room for your family and friends to relax and mingle.

3. Protect your valuable collections.

With the increased number of people in your home, the chances increase that items on shelves and/or side tables can get knocked off or broken. Why not protect your treasured and fragile collectibles by storing them during the holiday season? Not only will your items be protected, but you’ll also be freeing up room for more seasonal décor.

4. It’s a great place to hide gifts.

We’re betting this idea never occurred to you. We all have that one family member who is bound and determined to uncover Christmas gifts before the gift exchange. Storing unwrapped packages in your self-storage unit ensures your junior detective will be clueless about what he or she is getting until it’s time to unwrap the gifts.

5. It keeps your stuff safe while you’re out of town.

Perhaps you are not hosting Christmas festivities this year. You may be travelling out of town to spend the holiday with your family. If this is the case, self-storage is a great way to safely store your valuables while you’re out of town.

If you’re wondering whether self-storage is really necessary while you’re away from home, consider this—according to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, property crimes are a whopping 23% higher on Christmas Eve than they are for any other day of the year.

Renting a self-storage unit gives you a safe and secure place to store valuables while you’re away from your home.

6. Renting a mobile self-storage unit is easy and convenient.

We know what you’re thinking—renting a storage unit and moving everything is going to consume more time than you have given as you prepare for the holidays.

Consider renting a mobile self-storage unit. Unlike traditional storage units that require you to move everything to them, mobile units come to you. These high-tech units can be delivered anywhere on your property. You load them from the comfort of your own home, then call the storage facility to come pick it up. The company will safely store your items until after the holidays. Just give them 24-hour notice and they will have your unit returned to your home, ready to be unpacked.

And there you have it—six stellar reasons you should consider renting a Sydney self-storage unit this holiday season.

Packing away non-essential items will give guests more room, lower your stress levels, and allow you to enjoy time with your family and friends. And what could be better than that?