Even though people often have the best intentions when getting a storage unit, many times they don’t take the time to properly ensure they will make the most of out of the unit. Follow these helpful tips to help you make the most of your space.
Pack in Boxes: In order to maximize storage unit space, items should be placed in clearly labeled boxes. Compared to bags, boxes are easier to pack, label, transport and stack, and are overall less cumbersome than large trash bags. Also, if a storage unit just has bags haphazardly placed in it, it’s nearly impossible to locate and retrieve items. All in all, boxes make for a much more efficient way to store, organize and retrieve items.
Keep Items Off the Ground: The first thing you should place in a storage unit is pallets. Pallets make it so your items will never touch the ground, keeping your items protected from whatever might be on the floor of your unit. The time, effort and money that goes into purchasing and installing pallets is often less than those faced if you would have to discard and replace damaged items. You never know when a water problem could occur, so it’s much better to be safe rather than sorry.
Know What You Store: As you pack your items, keep an inventory of every item packed. That way, you won’t keep looking for an item that’s already packed, which will make packing less stressful. Additionally, take pictures of your items, particularly valuable ones, and keep a record with estimates of each item’s worth. In addition to keeping you organized, these steps will help you make an accurate insurance claim, in case one needs to be filed. Finally, keep a checklist of the items in storage so you can easily find the item when you need it; that way you won’t go searching in your storage unit for an item you think is there but actually is not.
Be Mindful of Placement: The key to knowing where to place items in a storage unit is figuring out how often you’ll be removing these items. For instance, if you know you will need a certain box of items more often than others, make sure you place it close to the door. This will allow for easier access and less cleaning up each time you remove and replace the item. Likewise, items that you won’t need very often should be placed towards the back of the unit. Furthermore, you can keep items organized by use so you know what area of the unit an item is in (for instance, keep all kitchen items are towards the left of the back wall).
For more tips on self storage, contact the experts at Manayunk Self Storage!