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How to Maximize Small Storage in New York

December 7, 2021 | Storage Tips

As the most populated city in the United States, it should come as no surprise that space comes at a premium in New York City. With over 8 million people calling The Big Apple their home, many lofts and apartments in the city are naturally compact in size in order to make room for everyone. 

While living in smaller spaces is practical for New York City residents, it can make finding enough room for all of your belongings difficult. When you find that your home is packed to the brim and you’ve run out of places to put things, going off-site may be your best solution—and Metro Self Storage is here to help. Our compact and affordable 5’x5’ storage units can be the perfect solution to your space crisis, and we’ve compiled a few reasons why below. 

Know the basics: what can fit in a 5’x5’ storage unit?

Don’t let their small size fool you – 5’x5’ storage units can hold a lot more than you think. About the size of a walk-in closet, these compact units have many practical uses when utilized the right way. From dressers and small mattress sets to boxes and appliances, 5’x5’ storage units can be the perfect way to quickly clear out your home and expand on your storage capabilities without breaking the bank.

Your Closet Away From Home

When your closet at home feels just a little overcrowded, a 5’x5’ storage unit can be the perfect extension for your wardrobe. When it comes time to swap out old seasonal clothing for the new, taking the clothes that you won’t need for several months to an off-site storage unit opens up plenty of space in your closet to store other items (or further grow your collection of clothes for the new season—we promise we won’t judge). 

Everybody has that collection of old clothes they just can’t get rid of, no matter how small or ragged they become. They may have sentimental value, or you plan on passing them down to younger siblings or your children someday. Instead of letting these articles of clothing accumulate dust in the back of your closet, get them out of the apartment and safely stored in a 5’x5’ storage unit with your seasonal clothing. When it comes to living in New York City every inch of storage space counts, and this is an easy way to free up extra room.

Reduce Clutter 

A 5’x5’ storage unit is a great spot to store all those items that you don’t necessarily realize are cluttering up your apartment. It may be that pressure cooker, blender, or other appliance you have had sitting on your counter but haven’t touched for months, or the various art supplies you have scattered on a table from a project that you can’t remember working on in a long time. Maybe you have camping gear that gets used once a year when the weather gets warm laying around. If you have children, you may have old toys that they have outgrown scattered all over the floor or thrown in bins in the corner. 

Instead of using valuable closet or apartment storage space on these items, they would be better suited to being kept out of your home. Whether you need a spot to keep old belongings that you are trying to sell or a place to store appliances that you do not regularly use, a 5’x5’ storage unit is the best way to get these items out of your apartment until they are needed again. 

Store Your Seasonal Decorations in the Offseason

Decorating for the holidays is a great way to spread happiness and celebrate the season. However, those decorations can take up a lot of space in your home when the holiday season eventually comes to a close. The last thing you want is to have plastic Halloween skeletons or a bulky Christmas tree taking up half your closet for eleven months of the year. A 5’x5’ storage unit can hold these items and more with ease. 

The month of December has many opportunities for gift-giving, and the last thing you want is for someone to stumble upon a surprise present you have hidden in your apartment for them. Off-site storage units make excellent spots to hide gifts for loved ones, so the magic of the season won’t get spoiled by an early present reveal.

Get Off-Site Storage with Metro

Metro Self Storage has the perfect storage solution for New Yorkers looking to maximize their small living space, with units of many sizes available to rent across the city. 

If you feel like you need an extra closet to fit all your belongings, our 5’x5’ storage units are the perfect size for your needs. Whether you need a place to store boxes of off-season clothing and old toys, small furniture, infrequently used appliances, seasonal decor or equipment, important documents and files, and more, these units are the best way to clear up room in your apartment. 

When your life calls for a little extra elbow room, Metro Self Storage has the best solutions for your New York storage needs. Find a location near you today!