Packing a Storage Unit Should Be Easier, Here’s How…
Now packing a storage unit is very similar to trying and pack things into your garage, or a shed or even a storage space in your home. The goal as always is to maximize the space available while minimizing the possibility of damage often a result of stuff falling over.
Most people think that packing a storage unit should be simple, but if you don’t plan ahead, things aren’t all that simple. Many people end up creating a mess because they didn’t plan how things should be arranged and pack accordingly. If this is your first time, the packing tips in this article should help you get off to a great start.
Draft an Inventory
Now before you even start to put anything in boxes, it is essential to have a list of everything that needs to go into the storage unit. Doing this is very important for two main reasons the first being that it makes insurance claims in the event of a natural disaster easier, and the second being that it is easier to remember what is inside of the unit.
Put Everything in Boxes
The two primary goals stated above is to prevent damage and utilize every inch of space efficiently when packing a storage unit. The best way to achieve the space-related goal is to only pack boxes of the same size, so they all need to be a single uniform size. You’ll also want to use boxes that have a flat, strong, and non-slippery surface so that they can be easily stacked high. Doing that will allow you to utilize almost all the available vertical space.
Pack All Your Stuff Tightly
Items inside the box should be packed tightly so that they are no empty spaces or holes in between the stuff. Doing this will prevent things from colliding with each other when the boxes are moved.
Label the Boxes
Having so many boxes stacked on each other means that you’ll eventually forget what each box contains. Labeling your boxes with big, bold letters will help you dig out what you want sooner. Also, make sure that your label is specific to what is inside the box. So, if there are ten different items, of various categories, you’ll want to name each item or category. The labels need to face the entrance of the storage unit so that spotting them is easier.
Leave Enough Room to Easily Access the Items
Even though most items in the self-storage unit may be meant for long-term storage, you might still want to access them in times of emergencies. That’s why it is important to leave enough room to access everything. You might want to store more frequently used items near the door
Our final tip is to put bulky and tall objects like the washing machine, furniture, and refrigerator at the end of the storage unit which means they should go in first. Mattresses and fridges can be placed against the wall. Heavier items in the spaces between the tall items and the lighter or smaller boxes on top.