Packing a Storage Unit
Posted on: February 5, 2020 | by: Zara Raza
When renting a self-storage, it is important that you make the most of your space so you can fit as many items as possible. After doing our 30 Day Declutter challenge, you may be wondering how to organize the extra items that you wish to keep outside of your home. Therefore, we have curated six beneficial self-storage tips that are overlooked by many, which can help you finally make your house a home!
These simple tips can make a huge difference in creating more space in your unit and improving the overall tidiness. The last thing you want is to not be able to locate your items due to it being a mess. We also want to prevent you from packing certain items the wrong way, so have a read before you rent your unit!
Tip 1: Stack up your boxes!
Make sure to use up as much vertical space as possible without it becoming a hazard. When stacking boxes on top of one another, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, be sure to keep the boxes with fragile items at the bottom. You should also use around the same sizes of boxes just so it is easier to stack them.
Tip 2: Use up entire boxes.
It is not wise to fill up a box with all heavy items or all light items. If the box is too heavy, it will be tough to lift it, and keep in mind your boxes will be stacked up. A box that is too light may fall from the stack more easily. So how do you solve this issue? Fill up each box with half heavy items and half light items. This may mean filling up a box with various types of items. At this point, you need to ensure that you properly label your boxes so it’ll be easier to access items you may later need.
Tip 3: Decide whether you need a climate control unit.
If you live in an area with extreme temperatures and you have items that might be vulnerable to the climate, you may need to rent a climate control unit. Certain items such as wood furniture, photographs, electronics, musical instruments, and important documents need to be protected from unstable temperatures which could really ruin the quality of these items. Many of our facilities offer indoor units, so be sure to check them out!
Tip 4: Replace plastic with cloth.
Plastic can be a very useful material for packing, but what you probably do not know is that it can also invite mildew into your storage. For this reason, we suggest using cloth for items that are not easily breakable. For fragile items, such as dishes and glass antiques, it would be a good idea to use plastic bubble wrap. Another time when you will need to use plastic is when you’re storing a mattress. To avoid bed bugs, we recommend wrapping your mattress with a breathable plastic.
Tip 5: Make sure everything is dry.
This tip might be obvious, but this is just to prevent mold. Make sure you wipe down everything before placing it in your unit. Overlooking this tip may result in throwing out your precious belongings at the end!
Tip 6: Prevent filth as much as you can.
Since you most likely will not be visiting your self-storage unit every day, you need to keep your space clean. Going along with the last tip, you should put some moisture absorbers in your unit to assure that it will stay dry. You may also be planning to throw in some mothballs, but wait! Mothballs are known to cause an unwanted odor which can make your extra clothes and other items smell. Instead, go for cedar balls which are all-natural and work just as well as mothballs without leaving an odor.
What do you think? Packing a self-storage unit really isn’t that hard. As long as everything is organized and clean, you should be able to utilize your space efficiently. You do not need to keep seeing the stuff you barely use but wish to keep every day in your house. It is time to take action and get organized!