For college students, it can seem like living situations change more times than ramen in the microwave — which is typically a lot. And now that the academic year is over, college students across the country are most likely preparing to move to your next destination. And, if they don’t have a new place lined up yet, moving can be a real pain when it comes to having to bring all of their stuff back home for a few months.

Whether they have a need to keep their belongings safe and secure for a few nights or the whole summer, most college students will turn to self-storage units.

Renting a self-storage unit can be a real hassle. Not only does it require driving to the storage unit facility — assuming they have a car — but the fee to rent a storage unit is often far out of the average student’s budget. Think renting a storage unit is the best option? Continue reading as we explore the realm of college student storage solutions and which is the best budget-friendly option.

Is There a Need For College Student Storage?

Unless they are renting an apartment or are in another living situation off-campus, chances are college students will need to move once the academic year is over. Even if the commute back home isn’t terrible, packing all of their belongings, loading everything into their car, and driving it all back home can be a lot of work, especially when they’ll have to bring it all back in a few months. Instead of hauling their belongings home every summer, they can drop them off at a self-storage unit for safe-keeping during the summer months. Unfortunately, storage units are not the most budget friendly-options for those going to school.

How Much Does Renting College Storage for the Summer Cost?

Depending on the location and storage needs, the cost of renting a storage unit will differ. Typically, though, it can be expected that storage unit facilities near colleges and universities will have higher prices due to their close proximity and make it somewhat easier for students to bring their belongings to. Plus, a significant downside to renting a storage unit for summer storage is that college students will have to pay for an entire unit, even if they don’t have much to store. A storage unit that is packed to the brim will cost the same as a storage unit of equal size that only has a few boxes inside. Seems kind of unfair, right?

Is There a Way to Save Time & Money on Student Storage Solutions?

College students are always looking to save money, whether that means eating hot dogs every night or staying in on the weekends, so paying for an entire self-storage unit for the summer can take a toll on the summer savings — especially when considering how much of a pain in the you-know-what it will be to have to pack everything up and drive their belongings to the nearest storage facility. Fortunately, there are better summer storage solutions out there that are more affordable and convenient than renting a self-storage unit.

Door-to-door college storage services are commodious to students, whether they are looking for short-term or long-term storage solutions. Whether students choose to drive their belongings back home or store them at a nearby storage unit facility, they are required to load everything up in their car that may or may not have enough space and transport their belongings to their new home for the summer. Door-to-door storage services follow a pick-up and drop-off storage model, meaning college students won’t have to go through the hassle of packing all of their stuff into their vehicle. The only thing that is required of students is packing their belongings into storage boxes or crates, which are dropped off to your doorstep. From there, once they are packed and ready to go, they are picked up by the door-to-door storage company you are working with.

Here’s where the money-saving comes into play.

Rather than having to pay for an entire unit, door-to-door storage services often only charge for the space needed to store your boxes. This, in addition to the fact that no leaving is required in order for college students to store their belongings in a safe and secure location, makes door-to-door storage services a no-brainer for college students that are looking for an affordable and convenient way to store their goods.

Doorage Offers the Best College Student Storage Solutions

Of course, it’s common to want to find cheap student storage solutions that best fit your budget. At Doorage, we are proud to offer door-to-door storage services to people throughout the Midwest, especially college students. Our convenient and affordable storage solutions have helped students with their storage needs at many colleges, including the University of Wisconsin, the University of Kentucky, the University of Illinois, and THE Ohio State University. Our door-to-door storage services are a bit different than others that other college storage companies offer, but in a way that saves college students more time and money. In just three simple steps, college students can find the storage solutions they need without having to rent a self-storage unit or drive their belongings back home for the summer. Here’s how it works in a nutshell:

 

1. Figure Out Your Exact Storage Needs.

As mentioned, with door-to-door storage students only will pay for the storage they need, rather than paying for an entire unit. However, some door-to-door student storage services can make it difficult for students to estimate how much they’ll actually be paying until they know how many boxes they will need. With Doorage, our easy-to-use storage calculator makes it very simple to calculate how many boxes you will need and how much it will cost.

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2. Pack Your Belongings.

Once you determine how many storage crates you will need, Doorage will ship them to you for you to begin packing. Once they are packed and ready for pick-up, Doorage will arrange for the transportation of your belongings to our secure storage facility.

3. Request It Back When You’re Ready.

Your belongings can stay stored for as long as you wish, but whenever you are ready to have them returned, Doorage will send them back to you, whether you are at the same address or a different one.

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Get started today, use our storage space calculator!

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to ditch the heavy winter coats, sweaters, and hats for shorts, t-shirts, and swimming suits. However, unless you have a spacious walk-in closet, rotating your wardrobe and storing out-of-season clothing can be a struggle. Properly storing winter clothing is essential for an organized and well-functioning space.

At Doorage, our door-to-door storage services are always available when you need to free up some space. Winter clothes take up a lot of space and our storage solutions are an affordable and convenient way to make room for your summer wardrobe. Simply estimate your storage needs and we’ll deliver the number of eco-friendly reusable storage crates you need to put your belongings into. Once packed up, we’ll pick up the storage containers, store them in our secure, climate-controlled storage facility, and deliver them back whenever you’re ready.

If you’re interested in our pick-up and drop-off storage solutions, get started by calculating your storage needs. Until then, our storage experts put together some ideas to make the most of your space as you learn the best way to store your winter clothes when you’re not wearing them.

Preparing Winter Clothes for Storage

Before you begin folding and storing your winter clothes, it is important to take the time to ensure they are first properly prepared so they look — and smell — pristine and are ready to go as the winter season approaches. Here are some great ways to prepare your winter clothes for storage.

 

1. Create a laundry pile

Even if your winter clothes don’t look dirty, you should make sure to clean them before storing them — it can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your clothes in pristine condition while they are in storage. Many types of winter clothing, such as cashmere sweaters, should be dry cleaned while others will need to be hand-washed. Storing dirty clothes, whether in a storage facility or attic, risks attracting moths and embedding a nearly-impossible-to-remove odor from the clothing after months have passed.

2. Block the stench, use deodorizers

The truth is, no matter where you store your clothes, there’s a chance that they will start to develop an unpleasant musty odor during the warm summer months when temperatures are sky-high. Adding deodorizers into the boxes and containers you will be storing your clothes in is worth the effort and will give you fresh-smelling clothes when you have a need for them again. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil into each box or container. If you don’t have essential oils, a few dryer sheets should do the trick.

Best Method for Storage: Folding or Hanging?

Many people wonder whether or not they should fold or hang certain types of clothing fabrics. As a rule of thumb, you’re safe to fold any pieces of clothing that are of natural fiber fabrics. Synthetic fabrics are a bit more delicate and should be carefully folded with acid-free tissue in between the folded areas. For others, consider the following:

  • Sweaters. Fold sweaters and place in plastic bins or fabric storage bags. Avoid cramming too many sweaters into one bin or container as mold and mildew could form.
  • Winter Coats. Winter jackets can take up a lot of space and be difficult to store. Zip up zippers, button up any buttons, and gently fold coats made of materials like leather, wool, or faux fur so they keep their shape.
  • Delicates. Before placed into boxes or containers, delicate winter clothes should be wrapped-up in acid-free tissue and stored in cotton garment bags to ensure they are fully protected while in storage.
  • Casual Clothing. Casual clothing is pretty easy to store, simply fold them or roll them up and place them in your storage box, bin, or container.
  • Shoes and Boots. Before putting boots and shoes of any kind into storage, you want to make sure they will be able to maintain their shape. Shoes can be packed with tissue paper, while boots should have boot forms. Boots should be stored on their sides with an old shirt or pillowcase in between each pair.

What to Store Winter Clothes In and Where

When it comes to storing your winter clothes, there are a lot of options available. Of course, you can use a pick-up storage service like Doorage, but if you have the available space you may be wondering what other options are available. While it’s tempting to use cardboard boxes to store winter clothes, they aren’t the best solution. Cardboard is both acidic and susceptible to water damage — it certainly isn’t the best solution for storing your winter clothes in. Instead, opt for clear plastic totes. Storing winter clothes inside sealed plastic totes that will prevent water damage and other mishaps. The containers can often slide underneath your bed, making it easy to get your winter clothes hidden and out of the way.

If you don’t have space in your closet or under your bed, you’ll need to get creative. Empty wall space can be used to slide and stack containers against or, for clothes that need to be hung, you can use an open or enclosed rolling clothing rack. Keep in mind, this will likely take up some valuable space in whichever room you are placing these items.

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Is It Safe to Store Clothes in the Attic or Garage?

Many wonder if storing winter clothing in their attic or garage is a good idea. Ideally, winter clothes need to be stored in a location that is cool, clean, dry, and preferably dark — these are the conditions you’ll find at Doorage’s state-of-the-art storage facility. These are important factors to consider when choosing where to store your clothes for the summer season. The attic and garage, while both seem like great places to store these items, are susceptible to extreme temperature fluctuations which can cause more harm than good to your clothing.

 

Confidently Store Your Winter Clothes

Use these tips to increase your confidence and peace of mind that your winter clothes will be protected during the offseason and ready to go when the temperatures start to fall once again. Remember, if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding storage for winter clothes, Doorage’s door-to-door storage services are the perfect solution. To learn more, click here.

Due to the coronavirus, which is forcing thousands of local college students to leave their campuses, Chicago-based Doorage Storage Solutions is focusing only on student storage needs and postponing any non-student storage or cross-country moves until after April 1.

Many college students in Chicago and its surroundings have been instructed to depart campus within a week, leaving them a short unexpected window to prepare.

All student orders will be 10 percent off by using the coupon code “students”. In addition, all student orders will receive free labor on pickup.

“We owe a majority of our success to the students and families of Chicago students,” said Doorage Founder/CEO Sean Sandona. “We understand they are in a difficult spot at this time and we felt it was our responsibility as a member of these communities to step up and return the favor. Our team will work around the clock for as long as we need to ensure no student is stuck with no place to put their belongings.”

The Chicago Tribune reported on Thursday “the University of Illinois System, Northwestern University and Illinois State University all announced that classes will be moved to online formats for several weeks in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, now deemed a pandemic.”

DePaul University President A. Gabriel Esteban told the Tribune on Wednesday “that campuses remain open, but final exams for winter quarter will not take place on campus and all university-sponsored events are postponed or canceled until further notice.”

“For spring quarter, classes will be delivered remotely ‘whenever possible,’ according to DePaul, and ‘students who live in residence halls should prepare not to return.’”

“At the University of Chicago, administrators said the school will continue offering classes as usual, noting it has access to virtual platforms should the situation escalate, according to a notification posted online Tuesday,” according to the Tribune.

Doorage has mobilized its teams and is prepared to handle all student storage needs in the Illinois and southern Wisconsin region. To accommodate all student needs, the company is currently not accepting orders for any local moves, non-student storage, or cross country moves.

Students and parents requiring storage can place an order online or through their customer support team at 833-366-7243, and Doorage has expanded hours to 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. The company also has added an additional delivery and pickup window of 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on top of our standard service windows.

“The Doorage family is grateful for the support students and parents have given our company since we launched over two years ago and are here to help in every way possible,” Sandona said.

Doorage Storage Solutions, which launched in 2017, serves Chicago and a 30-mile suburban radius, and last year expanded to Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. The full-service storage company, which has never lost a package and stores owners’ belongings in numerous 100,000-cubic-unit, Amazon-esque facilities, features several key components, including:

  • Owners never having to leave their home to store belongings. Doorage employees will pick up belongings and box them as well if customers request it. Doorage also will bring packing crates to customers’ homes.
  • Doorage charges by exact cubic volume consumed, instead of charging for a certain-sized storage rooms that usually aren’t filled completely
  • Customers can request specific items like a painting to be returned by Doorage employees by utilizing a user interface that shows every item in storage.
  • Price for customers will never increase as long as they are storing the belongings.

Here at Doorage, we find that some people are unsure of just what door-to-door storage is. After all, we’ve been storing our stuff the same way for 60 years! But in a world full of self-driving cars, ice cream that’s under 300 calories per pint, and smartphones that can do just about anything, it stands to reason that the way we store our belongings should also evolve.

We’ll start with an analogy to help you understand why door-to-door storage is becoming more popular: self-storage is to Doorage as taxi cabs are to Uber.

For ages, if you needed a taxi in a city, your only option was to stand outside and wait for one. Hopefully one would come by and stop as you raised your hand out into the street. Then, when it was time to go back home from wherever you were just at, you would have to repeat the process. While hailing a cab this was is still an option, now there is a more convenient way. You can hop on your phone while sitting on your couch, use an app to order an Uber, and head outside when the app tells you your Uber has arrived. When it’s time to go home, you can spend more time saying goodbye to your friends and family than standing outside in the cold trying to hail a cab.

Also for ages, if you needed a place to store extra stuff, your only option was to pile your items in the car, drive to the nearest self-storage facility, unload your stuff into a dusty storage unit, and then drive all the way back when you need something out of the unit. While using self-storage is still an option, there’s a more convenient way to store your belongings. With door-to-door storage, we will come to your front door, collect your storage items and take them to our warehouse, and drop them back off whenever you want.

While both cabs and Ubers take you where you want to go, and while both self-storage and door-to-door storage let you get the clutter out of your home, one is easier and more convenient than the other in both situations.

The Details

So, you’re probably still wondering how the sausage gets made. Our Chicago door-to-door storage service works in three simple steps.

1. Pickups: First, you will sign up with Doorage, use our storage calculator to determine about how many storage boxes you will need, and then we will drop off those boxes at your place for free. Take up to two weeks to pack, sort, photograph, and document everything that is going into each box (you can do this on our website). Then, at your convenience, schedule a pickup time for our crew to come collect your storage items. At pickup, we will security-seal your containers for added protection, as well as pack up anything that you didn’t feel like packing yourself. We have a simple breakdown of pickup fees so there are no surprises.

2. Storage: After we pick up your storage items, we’ll transport them to our secure Chicago storage warehouse. Our facilities have restricted access and 24-hour security with motion-sensing cameras, alarm systems, and the whole shebang so you know your stuff is protected. Once in storage, you only pay for the exact volume of space your belongings use, and billing happens on the first of every month.

3. Deliveries: When you need a storage container or other stored item back, just let us know by logging into your Doorage account and let us know what you need and when. Deliveries can happen as often as you would like, and we have simple flat-rate delivery fees. In order to make sure your items get to where they’re going, you or your specified doorman must be present at the time of delivery.

Want To Know More About Door-To-Door Storage?

Making the switch from something you know so well to something new and innovative can be intimidating, but we’re here to make the process as easy as possible. Read our detailed FAQ to learn more about our Chicago storage service, or feel free to give us a call at (833) 366-7243 if you have more questions. We look forward to starting you on your journey to better storage!

How do you do, fellow kids? You know what’s super lit right now? Choosing a Gucci student storage service that makes everything in life *fire emoji*! When college is *poop emoji*, make sure you stay woke and pick Doorage for your student storage in Chicago. Self-storage just got a glow-up, and we’re not salty about it. In fact, this new way to store stuff is *insert more fire emojis here*

You’re probably thinking, “Wow, this storage company is so hip with the times!” Well, you’d be wrong. Because we had to Google all of those Gen-Z terms above. But the good news is that while we might not be too good at talking like a college student, we are good at providing them with student storage solutions that make sense. We believe this is where you’d throw in a, “You do you, bruh.”

The greater Chicago area is full of colleges and universities, from the University of Chicago to Loyola to Northwestern to DePaul and more, and many college students find themselves at the end of the semester needing short-term storage in the city.

If you’re going home for the summer, in the process of moving to a new apartment, or simply have too much stuff to fit in your dorm, we’ve got you covered. Doorage is a door-to-door storage company that makes storage in Chicago easy.

How Does Doorage Work?

If you were to rent a self-storage unit, you could be locked into a long contract, accidentally rent way more storage space than you need to, and/or have to find a way to get your stuff to and from that storage unit. As a college student, this all sounds like a nightmare.

At Doorage, we will bring you all of the storage boxes you need. Then, you can pack them up and schedule a good time for us to come collect the boxes. At this time, we can also pack up any bigger items you want to be stored like beds, bicycles, paddle boards, or other big or odd-shaped items.

We’ll meet you at your dorm or apartment, load everything into our trucks, and take it to our secure storage facility. We can keep it there over the summer while you’re off spending time with your family or backpacking through Europe. When you come back for the next semester and get all settled in your new place, just schedule a drop-off and we’ll bring everything back!

Doorage’s Student Storage Perks

When you choose us as your student storage provider, you never have to worry about getting to and from a storage unit. We’ll handle all of that for you. You can also enjoy the perk of knowing you’re choosing a company who uses reusable eco-friendly bins, as well as one who donates a percentage of our sales to breast cancer research and after-school programs.

However, the real perk of using our Chicago student storage service is that we’ll give you a $50 gift card to your university’s bookstore when we bring your stuff back from storage as a “thank you” for choosing us! You can use this to buy approximately 12% of a textbook, so, you know, you’re welcome. (You can also use this to buy school merchandise or snacks if your bookstore sells them!)

Learn more about our student storage in Chicago and get started with Doorage today!

Chicago is a major business hub, which means there are a lot of business owners looking for the best place to store their excess inventory, equipment, furniture, and documents. As your business grows, you might find yourself feeling cramped in your current space. Look around; are there unused desks or storage rooms that can be converted into an office or meeting room? If so, then business storage can solve a lot of problems!

Doorage is a pickup and drop-off storage service. This means that when you choose us as your storage provider, you’ll never have to spend your valuable time trucking to and from a storage unit. We do that part for you!

How Local Business Owners Use Doorage

A lot of local businesses trust us to store their inventory and equipment. Below, we’ve listed three real examples of businesses we work with who have experienced the benefits of storing with Doorage.

A small boutique retailer who chose us as their business storage partner was able to clear out their back storage room and expand their sales floor, meaning more products were visible to customers.

A local dentist was using an examination room to store some backup furniture. When they decided to store with Doorage, they were able to add an additional examination room to better serve their patients.

A Chicago corporate company felt like they were outgrowing their current office space. Instead of moving, they decided to use Doorage to store a room full of documents and extra furniture and now use the space as a conference room instead.

When any of the businesses above need a specific piece of furniture back or a box of important documents, they know they can simply log in to their Doorage account and schedule a drop-off.

Why Use Doorage For Business Storage

We are your packers, movers, and storers.

At Doorage, we do it all. If you have a bunch of office furniture or equipment that you don’t want to pack and move yourself, we’ll do that for you. We have low hourly rates for packing up inventory and our team is known for being careful with your furniture and storage items, so everything gets where it needs to be in one piece.

We’ll bring your storage items back when you need them.

We’ll bring your equipment or documents back whenever you want it. For example, if you have a new employee starting on Monday or your need that container of documents for tax season, just log in to your account and tell us what boxes or items you need and when.

We keep your stuff safe.

Obviously, we can’t prevent everything, but we can do our best to protect your stuff while it is in storage. Only Doorage staff has access to our storage warehouse, which has 24-hour security, motion-sensing cameras, and an alarm system.

You only pay for the space you use.

Storage units are often full of empty space. Especially as a business, you never know when you’ll need to take those five desks out of storage as your company grows. With Doorage, you are only charged for the exact volume of space you use in our warehouse, and the more you store, the more you save. You can also add or remove space at any time. This means that instead of paying for a storage locker that could, at certain points of the year, be completely empty, you are only paying for what you currently have stored.

We Are Your Chicago Business Storage Solution

We don’t simply offer storage space; we offer storage solutions. If you are in need of business storage in the greater Chicago area, we want to help. Learn more about our pickup and drop-off storage service for business and start storing with Doorage today!

Here at Doorage, our goal is to make storage as easy and convenient as possible. Partly because we’re well into the twenty-first century and we’ve realized that convenience is better than inconvenience, and partly because of all the things in your life that might be complicated (family, your career, your social life), storage doesn’t deserve to be one of them. There are things that are worth your time and effort (like nourishing relationships) and there are things that are not worth your time and effort (like driving to your storage unit).  As your door-to-door storage service, we want to make sure you’re giving your time to what matters.

With traditional self-storage, you have to drive out to a storage facility (which, many Chicagoans do not have cars, and most good storage units in Chicago are out in the suburbs). Often, you’re storing more than will fit in your car, so you have to make a few trips back and forth. You most likely have a job or two that you spend a majority of your time at, meaning you are about to spend your only free time of the week hauling your stuff to and from a storage unit. Before you know it, your day is gone and you’ve missed out on priceless time with your friends and family.

What Are You Paying For Storage?

When you choose a traditional self-storage unit, you are doing more than just paying dollars and cents to store your stuff there. You’re paying for that Uhaul because your couch won’t fit in your car. You are paying the time that it takes to haul everything there. You’re paying in missed opportunities to hang out with friends or watch your kid’s soccer practice. It’s our job to make storage easier, so let us. After all, you wouldn’t go to a restaurant and then head straight to the kitchen and start cooking, you’re paying someone else to do that for you. At Doorage, you’re not paying for storage space, you’re paying for a storage service that makes your life easier, so we want to do all the hard work for you.

Save Time And Money With Doorage

At the end of the day, you can’t make more time, so you need to decide how you’re going to spend it. Our Chicago door-to-door storage solution isn’t about saving you money on storage (though, you probably will save some money), it’s about saving you time. It’s about saving you the hassle of having to spend a whole day going back and forth between your place and a storage unit, and it’s about ensuring you can spend your free time doing what you want to do, and let’s face it, nobody wants to spend their free time driving to a storage facility.

Get started with Doorage, your Chicago storage solution, today!

When it comes to the best storage in Chicago, the number one thing you can do is ask your mom to let you store your stuff in her basement, because that’s free. But most likely, that’s not an option, because you would have done that by now and you wouldn’t be reading this. So, we’re giving you the second best option for storage in Chicago: us!

Doorage is a door-to-door storage solution, which means we pick your storage items up at your house, take them to our safe and secure storage warehouse, and then drop it back off to your door when you want it. (You can learn the details, here.) Doorage is, by far, other than your mom’s basement, the number one storage solution in Chicago. There’s a bunch of reasons why, which we’re sure you’re dying to know. So keep reading to find out (or just get started storing smarter right now).

 

Why We’re Better Than Regular Storage Units

 

You Only Pay for the Space You Use

Haters gonna say it’s fake, but you really only pay for the space you use at Doorage. Because we store everything for you in our warehouse, you never have to pay for a storage unit that you only use half of. We’ll assess the volume of space that your items take up (our storage boxes are uniform, whereas something like a couch or bicycle will need a custom quote).

 

The More You Store, The More You Save

Perhaps one of the things people love most about us is that our price per cubic foot drops significantly the more space you add. Seriously, check out our pricing structure. Most storage units in Chicago have a standard price per square foot of floor space, and if you fill up your 10×5 unit, you have to rent a full second unit, even if you just need a little bit more space. Here, you only pay for the space you use, and the more space you rent, the less you pay per cubic foot.

 

We Have a Cool Website

A typical self-storage facility website is pretty boring, likely hasn’t been updated in a while, and is probably hard to navigate. Why does this matter? Because it’s 2018 and there’s no excuse for that. We do everything online, and when you’re giving someone your money in exchange for a service, you want to trust that you can find the information you need on their website, log into your account, see what you have in storage, and all of those other things that matter to you. Plus, what other storage facility has the color scheme of a piece of watermelon salt water taffy? No one. That’s who.

 

We Do All the Work

When you choose a traditional storage unit, you have to do everything by yourself. You have to figure out a way to get everything there (which, in Chicago, can be a feat in and of itself). Then you have to load everything into your storage unit and go home. When you need something back, you have to journey out there again, rifle through your unit, try to remember what you put in which box, and haul it back home. We take care of all that for you, so if you need something, you don’t have to go on a journey to get it. You just log into your account, tell us which box you need (before we move your stuff to storage, you can catalog what’s in each box using your Doorage account), and we’ll bring it to you. No need to rent a truck or drive through the busy streets! Also, if you want us to, we can even take care of all the packing for you! Just let us know what you need and we’ll do it.

 

See The Doorage Difference For Yourself

At Doorage, we always put our customers first and do everything we can to remain the best option for storage space in Chicago. We are happy to offer perks and incentives for student storage, business storage, and storage for furniture, outdoor gear, and other large items that other storage companies might not take. Check out our service areas and locations, and get started today!

Dear Self-Storage Unit,

We’re over. My year-long contract with you is coming to an end, and I’ve already cleared out all of my stuff. But there’s a few things I want to say to you before I close this door and open a new one…

Self-Storage Unit, when we first met, you seemed like a great option. I was fresh out of college when I signed my first contract with you. I was living in a seventh-floor walk-up with four other people, and the only storage space I had was a tiny closet. So of course I fell into the arms of the first self-storage facility that talked to me. You seemed so appealing. You told me I could have my first month for free if I signed a six-month lease. That six-month lease turned into a year-long lease and then another because, well, I didn’t think there was anyone else out there for me. I didn’t realize there were better storage solutions out there for me. I mean, if you were in my shoes, would you think to look for another storage option when nothing seems wrong with the one you’re already with?

However, there was something wrong the whole time. First, I only ever really filled you up halfway — well, perhaps I should say I left you half empty. We left each other half empty. But I still had to pay for all of you. I guess this is what my mother meant when she said, “Why buy the whole cow when you can just pay for the milk,” or something like that.  

Then, you promised me you were clean. But when I opened you up, there was clear evidence of all the other people who have used you. There was dust and dirt everywhere, ants were crawling up the walls, and I think I even saw some Raisinettes on the ground (at least, I hope they were Raisinettes… yikes). After I cleaned you up, you started to look a little better. At least until some ass in the unit next to mine spilled a canister of gasoline that leaked into my unit. Even though you were supposed to be mine, I had to deal with negative consequences of your neighbors’ actions.

Well, guess what? I’m through. I’ve moved on to someone better. I’m with Doorage now.

Who’s Doorage? Well, they are the best storage option in Chicago right now, and I suspect they’ll keep treating me right. While I always had to come to you if I needed something, Doorage doesn’t make me lift a finger. They come right to my door, take my storage boxes, and then leave. When I was with you, Self-Storage Unit, I had to block out an entire afternoon just to pay you a visit. Now, with Doorage, we can literally meet up on my lunch break, do what needs to be done, and part ways. Heck, my doorman can even stand in in my place if I need him to!

And thankfully, there’s plenty of Doorage to go around. So you can imagine, Self-Storage Unit, that you’re going to lose even more love once the news gets out that there’s a better storage option. Until then, I’m taking my lock and shutting the door on you one last time.

Sincerely,

Your Last Tenant

When it comes to storage in Chicago, we don’t want to toot our own horn, but we think we do a bang-up job of offering good storage. Heck, even great storage! So, when we say ‘storage sucks,’ we’re talking about traditional self-storage units. Because, personally, we don’t think our door-to-door storage service sucks, and once you try us out, you won’t think we suck either. Keep reading to learn about all the ways in which we definitely do not suck.

 

Reasons Why Regular Self-Storage Units Suck

 

Storage Units Can Be Dirty

We don’t want to crap on all self-storage units, but frankly, some of them are a little dirty. Because it’s self-storage, there’s no one ensuring the renters aren’t storing trash and rotting food in their storage units that could attract rats and bugs that the storage facility owner might never even be aware of. Then, all of that gets passed down to the next renter. At Doorage, we’re in our climate-controlled warehouse every day. We have rules against storing perishables and other items that could become hazardous, but if someone happens to miss that section and packs a McDonald’s Happy Meal in their storage box, we’ll sniff it out before it contaminates another person’s items.

 

One Person’s Mistake Can Cost You

People are crazy. What happens if one person’s crazy ex-spouse comes and torches their storage unit in an act of arson that happens to be right next to yours? While you can take out insurance on your items in storage (which you really should if you put stuff into a storage unit regardless of which company you use), you can’t get that stuff back once it’s gone. While we can’t control natural disasters or accidents or crazy people, we can help keep your items safe by only letting authorized personnel into our storage warehouse.

You Need A Car

A lot of Chicagoans don’t have cars because, well, we don’t need them and driving in the city is a pain in the rear. That means if a local resident needs to move some large items or multiple boxes into storage, they have to rent a truck just to do it. Just make your life easier by letting us handle it. Our drivers are on the roads every day and are pros at navigating the heavy traffic. Plus, it’s our job to move your stuff to storage. You already have a job, so don’t waste any time doing ours.

 

You Have To Pay For Storage Space That You Don’t Use

At a self-storage facility, you pay for a storage unit whether it’s full to the brim or not. That sucks. If the only thing you need to store is one long, oddly-shaped piece of furniture that won’t fit into a 5×5 unit, then you’re going to have to bump up to a bigger unit that will be mostly empty. At Doorage, you only pay for the exact volume of space you use. We don’t make you pay for the air above your futon.

 

Most Storage Facilities Lock You Into Contracts

You’ll be hard pressed to find a storage unit that doesn’t have some sort of lease. Typically these leases are for six months or a year, with some storage facilities offering three-month leases. So, what happens if you only need to store something for a month? Or a week? Like we said above, you only pay for the volume of space you use. So, it stands that if you have one bin in storage on the first of the month, and have it delivered back to you the next week, that you are no longer taking up space in our warehouse and therefore will not be charged for any storage space. If you’re locked into a long-term contract, that sucks money right out of your bank account, which sucks.

 

Choose The Non-Sucky Option For Storage

When it comes to Chicago storage, you can’t beat the service you get with our door-to-door storage company. Discover the difference that storing with Doorage makes today!