Tips for Packing a Storage Unit
Packing a self-storage unit requires some planning and skill. Your ultimate goal is to use all of the space in the most efficient way, while maintaining access to all your items in the event you need something while they are in storage. Here are a few tips to help you pack your storage unit.
1. Leave a walkway. When you are packing your unit, make sure you leave a small path down the middle. If you need something later, you won’t have to unpack the whole unit to find something, even if it’s all the way at the back. You might feel like a pathway is a waste of space, but if you need to find something, you will be happy it’s there.
2. Use boxes AND labels. In order to maximize the space in your unit, try to use boxes that are uniform in size, so they can be stacked high. This will utilize the available vertical space. Be sure to label the boxes, and be specific! After months in storage, you won’t remember which kitchen box contains the coffee pot. Be sure to face the boxes so the labels are toward the walkway for easy identification.
3. Take an inventory. Before you pack your items and place them into storage, make a list of what you are storing. This is important for a couple of reasons. First, it will help you to recall what’s inside, if you need to access something later on. Second, if there is some sort of disaster or accident, and you need to file an insurance claim, you will already have an accurate accounting of what was inside.
4. Use covers. Our buildings are solid and well-built, with concrete floors. All units are swept clean, but covering your furniture will protect it from dust and moisture. Consider using mattress covers, sofa covers, and upholstery bags. Placing a rug or tarp on the floor, or using pallets can keep items safe from condensation during high humidity times.
5. Pack tallest to shortest. Store your tallest and bulkiest items like furniture and mattresses closest to the walls. Start with the tallest items in the back and the shorter items in front, closest to the aisle. This will give you a clear view of what’s inside your unit at first glance and help you to use the space in the most efficient manner.