These Storage Tips will Save You Time, Money, and Stress!
Self-storage can help create more space in your home and secure your valuable items. It is a perfect tool for when you are moving, going through a renovation, or just wanting some extra space for your items. The best storage unit is one that allows you to keep your items secure, in great condition, and organized. A good storage facility will take care of security for you: 24-hour CCTV and customer-only accessibility can both contribute to strong security within a storage facility. But keeping your items undamaged and keeping your unit organized will be up to you.
Keeping your items organized and safe will be easy with the following storage tips!
The Most Useful Storage Tips for Saving Time
1. Write an inventory list
It is key to know exactly what items are heading to storage. Create a list of every item that your would like to put into your storage unit. This list serves a dual purpose: firstly, you’ll be able to gauge how your items can best fit in storage (and if there will be room for everything); secondly, you’ll know what you put in storage to avoid misplaced items. Always know how much you need to fit in the unit and where your items are with an inventory list!
2. Make an organization plan
Using your inventory list, you can design a storage unit organization plan. Circle the items on your inventory list that you will need to access most frequently; highlight large furniture pieces on the list; underline items that you could donate rather than storing. Referencing your list, outline a way that your boxes and items could best fit in the unit. Maybe you’ll keep all the furniture towards the back of the unit. Maybe you’ll donate some of your clothing to a charity rather than storing it. And maybe your golf set needs to stay at the front of the unit so that you can access it every weekend. Outline a plan that works for you and your items—use this plan once you get to the unit for a speedy, organized drop-off of your items.
3. Install shelving in your unit
Rather than spending your time trying to figure out how to perfectly stack your boxes or deciding where oddly shaped containers could fit, install shelving in your unit. The shelving will allow you to safely make the most of your storage unit’s height and to quickly access boxes, regardless of whether they are at the top of the unit or the bottom. Nothing’s worse than spending half-an-hour moving boxes just to get to one that was stored at the bottom of the stack, so shelving is a perfect alternative to enjoying your unit’s height without sacrificing your items’ accessibility.
The Most Useful Storage Tips to Save Money
1. Buy cheap (or free!) supplies
Check online marketplaces to see if anyone in your area is reselling old packing supplies. You might be able to get a great deal on the boxes and containers for your storage unit (some people even give their old supplies away for free!). Don’t forget to utilize the spare boxes that you already have, too. Use the shipping boxes that your mail comes in or boxes from old Christmas presents before buying new.
Another handy place to store smaller items in within your bigger items. If you’re storing large furniture that has drawers or other hollow spaces, consider using this space in the place of boxes. Get creative: use the resources you already have before buying!
2. Maximize the space in a smaller unit
Rather than renting a larger—and more expensive—unit, simply make the most out of the space in a smaller unit. The two best ways to maximize a storage unit’s space is by taking advantage of the height of the unit and the unused space in your items. Most storage boxes are designed to be stacked, allowing you to use more of the unit’s height. You can also install shelving in your unit to take advantage of the height. If you’re storing items like dressers and wardrobes, take advantage of the drawer space that these items have. Rather than choosing a larger unit, organize your items to effectively use all the space in a less expensive unit.
3. Label your boxes and refer to your inventory list
Knowing what items are in your storage unit and where they are located in the unit will help you avoid buying items that you already have. While you’re packing, keep a marker at the ready so that you don’t forget to label all your boxes. The more detailed the label, the better. Avoid generic labels like ‘kitchen’ and instead use specific descriptions like ‘cutlery, teapots, and aluminum foil.’ Storage allows you to keep your home clutter free and your possessions organized; part of keeping organized is knowing where your items are and bringing them back into your space when you need them. Save yourself the expense of purchasing items that you already have.
The Most Useful Storage Tips to Relieve Stress
1. Clean your items before storing them
The next time you visit your storage unit, you definitely don’t want to open the door to a musty scent and mildew covered item. This is why it’s necessary to clean your items before putting them into storage: cleaning items while packing will help keep mold and dirt out of your unit and away from your other items. Clean any appliances thoroughly (if the appliance is used for food prep, it might attract rodents and bugs if not cleaned properly), vacuum furniture, and wipe down items as part of your packing process. This simple precaution will save you from the stress of having to deal with a dirty storage unit and ruined items.
2. Give extra protection to fragile items
Add an extra layer of protection to your fragile items by packing them properly. Use bubble wrap or packing peanuts to help keep them padded in their boxes. Always label boxes ‘FRAGILE’ as a warning not to handle these boxes roughly. And keep the fragile boxes in a safe location in the unit. The bottom of a tall stack of boxes isn’t the perfect place for them, nor is the top of a concerningly high pile of boxes. Place fragile boxes on shelves at shoulder height or on top of low and stable furniture. Following these tip will save both the money of having to replace broken items and the stress of worrying about items breaking.
3. Don’t store anything that you’re not sure will be safe
If you’re concerned that your collection of West End playbills may be damaged by the humidity levels in the storage unit, save yourself the stress and store a less meaningful item in the unit instead. If the facility says that it does not allow flammable items to be stored, seek out a different solution for storing these hazardous items. When you don’t feel right about keeping certain items in storage or simply know that you shouldn’t, find something else to keep in the unit, instead.
Want to learn more storage tips for packing and organizing a storage unit? Read our recent blog post to make the most out of your storage unit! Visit Wright Self-Storage to learn about your moving and storage options.