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The first rule of home staging is to declutter, which is never easy if you have lots of things you don’t want to get rid of. That makes renting a storage space a helpful step as you move because it gives you a place where you can keep stuff you want to keep but can negatively affect your staging.

And these helpful hints will help maximize this storage space and even make the moving process a little easier.

Do Your Research
Like with any other business, there are good and bad self-storage companies . Before choosing a facility, check out online reviews and contact the local Chamber of Commerce to be sure you’re signing up with a reputable outfit.

Pick the Right Unit
Storage units come in all different sizes. While cost is a factor and you don’t want to spend money on space you don’t need, consider getting a larger unit because it’s better to have the extra space in case you should need it. Another decision is to consider getting a climate controlled space, which you’ll need if you plan on keeping musical instruments, artwork, collectibles and appliances there.

Choose the Right Location
If you envision making regular visits to the storage unit, then you’ll want to get something close to your current home. If, however, you don’t think you’ll want to access those items until you move, then finding a facility near where you plan to live will make moving day a bit easier.

Stage Smartly
Think about the areas in your home that need to be cleared out. Open up space in your closets by storing off-season clothing in the unit. If your kitchen cabinets are stuffed with extra plates, glasses, pots and pans, etc., you now have a great place to keep some of those things. You may also have furniture that you love but is a little beaten up. Be sure clear stuff out of your garage or basement if those spaces are cluttered.