When paying for a storage unit, you want to get the most out of your space by loading your boxes appropriately and intelligently organizing them within the unit. Use these tips to help you pack properly and get the best value from your storage unit.
Use the Right Storage Containers
Though it may be tempting to use trash bags when storing things like clothes, avoid using bags that are prone to tearing and lack ventilation because they will not stack properly and can cause mildew to grow. Find free storage boxes in all sizes from grocery and liquor stores. Pack heavy items like books in smaller boxes and save your large boxes for light items like blankets.
Pack to Capacity, but Don’t Overfill
Don’t waste space inside your storage containers by packing them only half full. Distribute the weight of your contents evenly and pack your container to capacity so that items don’t shift in transportation. However, be conscious of the weight of each box you are packing as to not make a box heavier than what you can comfortably lift.
You may remember now what is in the red tote, but you won’t a month from now. Label every box with each of its contents for easy reference later. Labels like this will also help you organize your storage unit by keeping like items in the same general area and knowing which boxes you want to be extra careful with.
While labeling items, be sure to keep a list of everything you are placing in your storage unit. If you are ever looking for a certain item or need to make an insurance claim, you know exactly what was in there.
Pack Tall to Short, Heavy to Light
Begin packing your storage unit with the tall, bulky items first. Things like beds and furniture should be up against the walls and towards the back. This will allow you a good view from outside of everything inside the unit. Start loading boxes in with the heaviest ones first followed by stacking lighter ones on top to prevent heavy boxes from crushing lighter ones below.
Prepare Power Tools and Equipment
When storing things like lawnmowers or other gas powered items, be sure to clean them to avoid rust and deterioration. It is a good idea to also drain all those items of fuel before storing them to prevent leaks or fuel odors permeating your other items in storage.
Determining the Right Size Unit
Once you have all of your furniture wrapped and all of your boxes packed and labeled, you can better determine what size of storage area you need. Stay away from paying for more unit space than needed by stacking all furniture and boxes into one room and measuring the dimensions around it, but remember not to exceed 8 ft. in height.