Choosing The Right Storage Unit For Your Needs

One of the most important factors in choosing a self-storage facility is deciding what size storage unit you will need to store your belongings. But how do you determine what size to rent? At Lockaway Storage, our on-site managers are self-storage experts and are happy to provide you with advice without trying to sell you more than you need. If you’re more of a “do-it-yourself” type, we’d like to provide you with the following information to help you choose the right size depending on your personal or business storage requirements.

Take Stock

One of the first questions you should ask yourself is “what are you storing?” Answering this question will help you pick the right storage size for your needs. Take a quick inventory of all the items you plan to store, including furniture, appliances and an estimated number of boxes. For larger items, you can quickly measure how big they are using a tape measurer. Also, take the time to consider how many irregular-shaped items you have that can’t be boxed or stacked.

To Stuff or Not to Stuff?

When it comes to accessing your storage unit, you’ll need to figure out if you’re planning on storing it for the long run or if you will need a slightly larger unit to walk around and find items. For those who plan on storing everything until they come back for it, you probably won’t need as big of a space. However, if you will need to access certain items at different times, you may need a larger unit to create an aisle instead of taking everything out in order to find what you’re looking for.

When in Doubt, Go Big

At Lockaway Storage, we’ve seen plenty of clients who’ve underestimated their needs by choosing a storage unit that’s too small. Instead, our on-site manager recommends inquiring about the rates of the next size up to ensure you’ll have the space you need. That way you can assess your stuff much more easily. This will also prevent the hassle of having to dig out your belongings to find what you need before repacking your storage which can take hours.

Unit Size Breakdown

5′ x 5′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Small walk-in closet
What Fits: Smaller furniture, a few small boxes,  miscellaneous items

5′ x 10′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Large walk-in closet
What Fits: Sofa, chairs, bedroom furniture and smaller boxes

9 x 10′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Small bedroom/office
What Fits: Stuff from a 1 bedroom house

11′ x 16′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Large bedroom
What Fits: Stuff from a 2 bedroom home

13′ x 16′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Bonus room
What Fits: Stuff from a 2-3 bedroom home – including several boxes

10′ x 30′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Oversized 1 car garage or bonus room
What Fits: Stuff from a 2-3 bedroom home – including several boxes

16′ x 32′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Detached workshop
What Fits: Car; contents from a 4 bedroom home – including several boxes; business inventory

Lockaway Storage

It’s important to take inventory of all of the items that you plan to store. This will help you determine what size of storage unit will fit your needs depending on the unit size breakdown listed above. If you have additional questions or would like to visit our facility, our on-site managers at Lockaway Storage would be more than happy to answer any questions you may and find a unit size that’s right for you. Contact us at (208) 322-4487 or visit us at 5246 W Chinden Boulevard in Garden City.

Moving Tips From The Professionals At Lockaway Storage

Let’s face it. Moving can be stressful. In fact, it’s not something we look forward to because it usually involves a large amount of work. However, when approached the right way, moving can be easier than you think. That’s why Lockaway Storage would like to provide you with the following moving tips to help you simplify the process before you start packing.

Get Rid of Unwanted Items

Why take the time and effort to move things you no longer want or need? This includes household items, clothes, and even furniture. If it’s not something you want to haul around, save yourself the time of having to pack, move, and unpack it by simply getting rid of it. Additionally, if your unwanted items are in good shape, you may want to consider donating them to a local charity like Goodwill, or the Salvation Army.

Make a List and Get Organized

If a move is in your future, take the time to get organized before things get chaotic. Create a to-do list to help you remember what needs to be done and what items need to be packed. This will help considerably before the big day. Save yourself the stress and headache of trying to get things done at the last minute by prioritizing and scheduling different parts of your move.

Grab Extra Packing and Moving Supplies

Having plenty of boxes, tape, scissors and packing supplies will help simplify the moving process. Don’t wait to start searching for supplies at the last minute. Try to get everything you’ll need at your local hardware store or storage facility ahead of time. Doing so will provide you with the time you need to pack everything without having to stop what you’re doing to grab supplies.

Label like a Pro

It may seem like a tedious task, but taking the time to label your boxes will save you the enormous headache of trying to figure out what’s inside and where they should go. The more specific you are, the faster you’ll be able to get them stored or unpacked.

Load the Way You Live

When loading your items into the moving truck, it’s important to load the way you live to make the unloading process easier. The most efficient way to do this is to load the moving truck with items based upon the intended location of their labels. That way everything moves together and stays together without getting lost during the move.

Store the Way You Move

Anything you can live without during the process of moving should be packed and stored in your self-storage unit. This will help you strategize and organize your new home during the unpacking process. Additionally, store your items in a way they can be easily accessed. Making an aisle will allow you to access a box without having to move everything out of the way. It’s also important to place any boxes with the things you’re most likely to need in the near future at the front part of your storage unit.

Lockaway Storage

Whether you’re moving into a new house or apartment, these tips can help ease the process. If you’re looking for a storage unit to store your items during a move, stop by Lockaway Storage today. Our on-site manager would be more than happy to show you around, tell you about our current rates and offers while answering any questions you may have. We are conveniently located at 5246 W Chinden Blvd in Garden City.

Contact us at (208) 322-4487 today!

Get Organized this Fall with Lockaway Storage

Fall is officially here, and you may find yourself with a bit more time and space now that school’s back in session. Perhaps with this free time, you’ve been thinking about organized and decluttering your home. At Lockaway Storage, we understand how nice it can be to simplify, knowing where everything you need is. However, we also know how frustrating it can be when you have all sorts of stuff cluttering up your space. That’s why we’d like to provide you with the following reasons you may want to consider self-storage to organize your home just in time for winter.

Not Enough Space

Once you get started organizing your garage, closets, cabinets, etc., you’ll quickly find yourself with a bunch of excess stuff you don’t know what to do with. Sure you could have a garage sale before the weather turns cold but that takes time and effort, not to mention there’s probably a whole assortment of things you’ll want to keep. This includes Christmas decorations, keepsakes, kid stuff, seasonal gear, etc. However, most of these things take up a lot of room sitting in boxes somewhere when you don’t use them on a regular basis. Instead, imagine being able to store the stuff you don’t always use without cluttering up your home. That’s where Lockaway Storage comes in.

Lockaway Storage Solutions

Bring your extra items to Lockaway Storage. We’ll gladly rent you one of our clean, convenient, affordable storage units for however long you need. Whether it’s for a couple of months or longer, your home will feel bigger and easier to manage when you have less items cluttering up your rooms and closets. In fact, fall is the perfect time to clear out any excess items you don’t use on a regular basis and store them at Lockaway Storage before winter sets in.

Why Choose Lockaway Storage

While there are a bunch of different storage facilities in the Treasure Valley – why choose Lockaway Storage? The answer is simple with the following advantages:

  • On-Site Storage Manager
  • Free Disc Lock With Your Storage Rental
  • Fully Fenced Storage Facility
  • Computerized Gate/Keypad – Both Entry & Exit Points
  • Individual Alarms Available
  • And more!

In fact, we’ll not only help you with all your storage needs, we will assist you with a large variety of storage solutions with the best customer service possible. Not only do we get to know you by name, we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have while making your rental experience with us the best it can be.

Ready to Get Organized?

With the kids back in school, now is the perfect time to get organized and simplify your home. At Lockaway Storage, we can provide you with a wide variety of unit sizes to help preserve the integrity of your items while ensuring all your storage needs are met. If you are unsure of what size unit you may need, contact us today. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have while assisting you in determining what storage option is best based on your individual needs.

Call (208) 322-4487 or stop by to rent your storage unit today. We’re located at 5246 W. Chinden Blvd in Garden City. 

Store Your Summer Items At Lockaway Storage!

With school back in session, summer is slowly coming to an end. Along with the changing color of the leaves you may also find yourself facing the challenge of packing away your summer items. If you find that you simply don’t have the room or want to avoid overstuffing your garage, Lockaway Storage offers a safe, secure, and well-maintained storage facility to ensure your summer possessions are well protected during the fall and winter months.

Summer Storage Items:

Pool Toys

Unless you have an indoor pool, it’s unlikely you will be swimming anytime after September. Now is a good time to assess your pool toys and supplies by rinsing them off, deflating and packing them away. Other outdoor items like patio furniture, gardening supplies, volleyball nets, and basketball hoops are things you may also want to consider storing until next year.

Summer Sports Equipment

Fall is also a good time to pack away any summer sports equipment that you won’t be using over the winter months. Bicycles, kayaks, rafts, life vests, fishing gear and other summer sports equipment can be stored away without taking up valuable space in your home or garage.

Camping Gear

Unless you are an avid camper or hunter, you probably won’t need the majority of your camping gear until next spring or summer. Free up space in your home or garage by storing tents, sleeping bags, camping stoves, coolers, air mattresses and other outdoor equipment.

College Kid Stuff

With a child off to college, you may be in the process of reclaiming his (or) her room for a home office or guest room. The problem? Even when they’re gone they probably still have lots of things left around the house. Instead of cluttering up the garage, why not store their clothes, sentimental items, and non-essentials at Lockaway Storage until they are ready for them?

Why Lockaway Storage?

Don’t let your home or garage fill up with things you won’t be using until next year. While there are plenty of storage facilities throughout the Treasure Valley, Lockaway Storage is the best place to store all your summer items. Our facility is well-equipped with various safety features to make sure your items are secure 24/7 along with an on-site manager to provide you with a friendly, familiar face to help simplify the self-storage process.

Want more information? Contact us at (208) 322-4487. Our on-site manager would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have while helping you determine the right size of unit for all your summer storage needs.

Customer Service Plays A Big Role At Lockaway Storage

You may think that choosing a Treasure Valley storage facility is no big deal. It’s just a place to store your stuff, right? After all, you’re more than likely to find several storage facilities just by doing a basic Google search. But how comfortable are you choosing a place at random? Will they treat you like a stranger? Do they have good reviews? While there are plenty of places to choose from, it’s important to find a storage facility that not only fits your budget but provides you with the best customer service.

At Lockaway Storage, we know our tenants and pride ourselves on providing you with the best customer service possible. Our on-site manager, Bruce Williams and our Saturday manager Rose Carlson are here to help you personally with all of your storage facility needs. Not only will they get to know you by name, they’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have while making your rental experience the best it can be.

Understanding Your Needs

From knowing exactly what storage solutions will fit your needs to how much storage space you can afford, Lockaway Storage is prepared to handle any problems you may have quickly and efficiently. In fact, there’s just no substitute for the quality of customer service we will provide.

Our on-site managers understand that moving and storing your belongings can be a stressful ordeal. In fact, the last thing you want to be faced with is a storage facility that acts unconcerned with your needs. Don’t waste money on a storage unit that’s either too big or too small. Our managers have uncanny ability to help you determine what size of storage unit you’ll need at a price you can afford.

Simplifying the Self-Storage Process

We also understand that there are other things on your mind other than dealing with your storage facility. You may be dealing with a move or sending your kid off to college. Whatever the case may be, our managers will work with you personally to simplify the self-storage process. From helping you navigate the paperwork to determining the right storage unit for your needs, we promise to go above and beyond for our tenants to reduce the amount of stress and work it takes to store your belongings.

Lockaway Storage

At Lockaway Storage, we’ve been in the storage business long enough to know that customer service goes a long way when it comes to gaining trust and maintaining an exceptional reputation.

If you are planning a move or just need to store some extra belongings for whatever reason, Lockaway Storage will provide you with a clean, convenient and affordable storage facility. Call us at (208) 322-4487. We promise to go above and beyond to help you find the right storage solution while providing you with the best customer service possible. You’ll soon see why people throughout the Treasure Valley choose Lockaway Storage for all their storage needs!

5-Star Testimonials From Lockaway Storage Tenants!

Lockaway Storage is proud to share our 5-star ratings from customers throughout the Treasure Valley! People love bringing their valuables to us for safe, convenient storage 24/7. But don’t take our word for it! Check out the following testimonials from some of our recent tenants:

Trudy Myrland

Bruce is wonderful, and you gotta meet his dog!!  Such a cutie.  The place is clean, secure, and fairly priced.

Scott Miller

Bruce is a super awesome guy. I’ve known him for a year now and he is very willing to help a person out during hard times. He is quick and helpful. If anyone is looking for storage options this is the place to go. I owe him for all the help he has done for me. It will be a sad day when I no longer have to keep my stuff there.

Mary Robinson

Bruce, manager, is wonderful! Very kind, understanding, and helpful. I will not go elsewhere to store my items ever again. Thank you Bruce!

Lindsey Swanke

I love this place. Bruce is amazing, facility is secure, clean, safe. Its the right price – its perfect. Couldn’t have asked for more.

Kylie Fly

Bruce is awesome. Super nice, super flexible, and always willing to help you out and give you the best service possible. Fantastic customer service, and very clean and safe units for a reasonable price for the area. I have years of storage experience, and totally recommend this location!

Suzie Williams

Great Service.  Very kind and friendly people.  I was looking for a size of storage, and they didn’t have one at that time, the gentleman called me back when one was available.  The check in system was simple and I was impressed with their prices.

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This place has the best rates and the best customer service.  We rented a small unit a few years ago and then moved away and came back and rented from them again.  Linda who works in the office is friendly and on top of things.  She remembered us from the last them we rented.  The storage units are clean and the security is great, you have to enter in your gate code when you enter AND when you leave to disarm and arm the alarm.  The ceilings in the units are high, which gives you more room to fit your belongings. I highly recommend this place.

Doug Crafts

Very convenient location with the best prices near Boise downtown.  Excellent drive-up access.

Colette Lafleur

Great service.  Low rates.  Manager was extremely nice and very helpful.  Would definitely recommend.

A Google User

Super clean storage facility with great prices.  I wasn’t sure what size unit I needed but the manager at Lockaway was very nice and very helpful.  Unlike most storage facilities, Lockaway has wide driveways and a spacious layout so there is plenty of room for large trucks.  I would highly recommend renting here if you need storage in the Boise/Garden City area.


A Happy Business
Such an excellent, friendly service at this facility. Always a pleasure.


Friendly staff. Rates are the best I could find. Place is very clean.


Lockaway is amazing!
I am so happy to have found Lockaway Storage. It’s like a hidden treasure. The employees are so nice and friendly. My daughter loves it there because she gets rides on the go-cart. The price is amazing too. I store my stuff in a safe place with ease. Thanks!


Great rates and customer service
Recently moved to the area and needed a secure place to put my stuff until I found a house. Not only were the rates competitive at Boise Lockaway but the customer service was awesome. They were so helpful and friendly, it was really nice considering how stressed I was with my move. The facilities are very clean and secure, I highly recommend them to anyone who needs storage.


Great rates and service
I just moved house and I was not able to fit all of my furniture into my new home. I was not looking forward to arranging a storage place in the middle of moving homes but the people at Lockaway really made things go smoothly. They also have low rates for the spaces which made me even happier. All in all a good experience.

Reserve Your Storage Unit Today

These testimonials from our tenants speak for themselves. Stop by Lockaway Storage to rent an clean, safe storage unit at a totally affordable price. Our on-site manager would be more than happy to give you a tour and provide you with personalized recommendations for all your storage needs.

Lockaway Storage is conveniently located at 5246 West Chinden Boulevard, Garden City, ID 83714. Call us anytime at (208) 322-4487 to reserve your storage unit now. We are here for all your storage needs!

Moving is Easy with Self Storage, part I

Perhaps you’re moving or just need to clear out some space in your home. Either way, you’re in the market to rent a self storage unit. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate the joy of packing and moving at about a minus 2. However, here are some easy to follow tips that I think you’ll find practical and helpful!

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