While renting a storage unit may sound simple, there are some easy ways to make even better use of any paid storage solution. Not only will you want your items to remain in pristine condition, but you also want them to be as safe as possible while fitting in as much as you can for your money.
- Flooring - while storage lockers are dry, it is a good idea to use pallets to keep your items off the floor.
- Label everything - make sure you can easily identify what you have in your storage room by labeling all boxes and keeping a list.
- Keep it clean and tidy - you don't want to damage your goods, but you also want to avoid damaging your storage unit. Make sure nothing can fall or scrape against the door or walls.
- Pack it in - make sure you try and fill up as much empty space as possible without it becoming dangerous. Pack heavy items at the bottom and use the space on top of these items for lighter objects.
- Put anything you think you might need to get hold of during the storage period at the front of the unit for easy access.
- Make yourself a little plan of what is in each box and where exactly in the unit that box is located. Then if there is any need to find a particular item you will be able to put your hands on it straight away.
- Have a small ladder of stool on hand in case you need to reach the higher levels of the unit. Make sure that whatever it is you use it’s sturdy enough to hold your weight and the weight of the object or box you will be lifting down.
- Furniture can often be taken apart and this makes it a lot more efficient to pack. Chair or table legs might be able to be unscrewed and bed frames dismantled. Remember to keep all the nuts & bolts and screws all together so they can easily be put together again when the time comes.
- Chairs can be stacked seat to seat and placed on the tops of tables to make more efficient use of the space.
- Don’t be afraid to stack high, as long as the items are secure against the walls it shouldn’t be a problem.
If there is furniture in your unit then use the space they offer. For example wardrobes can have items stacked inside, drawers can be used for books and papers, even the interior of fridges can be used for extra storage space. Just be aware that the door of a fridge has to be kept open otherwise it will go musty inside and smell.