Everything changes when you get out on your own. You start to be responsible for your own decisions, bills and belongings. Living in your parent’s house often means more space to keep your valuable mementos or extra gear. However, as a young professional living in a modest condo or apartment means there are not as many options for storage.
Storage Challenges of Young Professionals
When you first move out on your own, you will likely be sharing your home with a roommate or two. The space that you can afford in the city is going to be smaller than your parent’s home. In fact, rental prices in Toronto have become the most expensive in the country, according to one local publication. Many renters can expect to stay in the same space for a lot longer than they used to because of the high cost.
This means that the amount of space you have for storage in your rental unit will need to be shared. Regardless of the space you have to work with, here are a few storage tips and ideas for young professionals to manage their possessions.
Storage Tips for Young Professionals
There is a feeling of freedom when you have the final say about which items you keep and which you toss. You can now decide if those high school yearbooks are important enough to hang onto or if they can be put in the garbage. Here are some tips for keeping your place looking clean and uncluttered.
Store seasonal clothes
Double duty furniture
Digitize your paper and photos
It is good to regularly clean out your closet and filter your keepsakes. This will help you decide what you want to keep and what you want to throw away. Most experts recommend you clear out boxes in your storage room every 6-12 months. Start by getting rid of anything that you have two of, particularly items that you don’t use often. Then pack up anything that you don’t use on a weekly basis.
The weather in Toronto is very different in the summer than it is in the winter. That means all the heavy gear you use to keep you warm during the colder months can clog up your closet the rest of the year. It is helpful to separate your summer and winter clothes and pack away those items you are not using for the next few months.
Like clothing, sports items are not usually used year-round. In the offseason when you are not playing regularly, pack away your sports stuff and keep it under your bed or in any other hiding space to give your room an uncluttered look. There are some ways to store your winter sports gear that can help preserve them.
Many of us have a secret passion. It may be tiny collectables, comic books, coins or other items that we enjoy looking at and showing off. Yet, many times these items can become damaged if they are not stored away properly. If you have some valuables or mementos that you treasure, it may be a good idea to consider self-storage options. Storage units are a good way to keep your possessions safe and secure while keeping your living space clutter-free.
When you don’t have a big space to work with, consider using vertical and hanging storage options. Closet doors, walls and hanging shelves are all good ways to maximize storage in a small space.
When you are working with a smaller space you need to find creative ways to get the most storage space. Young professionals can find furniture items that have built-in space where they can put some of their belongings. This includes items like coffee tables, night stands, ottomans or chairs, amongst others.
Specially designed hangers — where you can use to store more than one item on a hook— are a great way to maximize your closet. You can also add hanging shelves, small shelves or shoe storage options to get more from your space.
A big contributor to clutter is paper and photos, but it doesn’t need to be. Putting your photos and important documents in digital format can help keep them safe, secure and out of the way.
If you have some possessions that you don’t need at this time or collectables that you want to keep safe, you may want to consider renting a storage unit. While storage units are affordable, you could always share the unit with other family members or trusted roommates. With a storage unit, you can put away any extra valuables that you want to keep, which can help you keep your home clutter-free.
Another benefit of having a storage unit in the Toronto area is that it is climate-controlled. This means you don’t need to worry about your belongings being damaged due to the heat or cold that is common in the city.
It also means that if you ever move house, there will be less to pack. You will always have an extra place to keep your belongings, no matter what size of space you live in. Whether it is keepsakes, sports gear or seasonal clothing, there is nothing that you can’t keep safely in a storage unit.
For more information about finding the right storage unit for you, call Jiffy Self Storage at 416-745-4339 or contact us here.