Having moved across country twice and put a lot of my belongings in storage, I gained a little bit of insight on how to use a storage facility. I thought I would share those insights.
Clutter and How to Deal with It
When a home or apartment starts to become a little cluttered, renting a storage unit can be a great idea. Actually, there are quite a number of good reasons for renting storage space. Regardless of why the storage unit is rented, a proper approach to packing belongings is best followed. Doing so economizes the space in the unit. Also, the risk of damaging your belongings is eliminated.
To get the best experience with a storage service, all you have to do is follow a few simple, common sense, tried and true storage unit packing tips.
Essential Tips for Those Interested in Getting the Most Out of a Storage Unit
First, be sure you have rented the right sized unit. A storage space that is too small to accommodate what you wish to put inside of it increases the risk of damage and clutter. Paying a little extra for more space is worth the investment.
Always plan out what you wish to put in storage long in advance of the day you actually move things into the unit. Certain belongings can be placed in boxes while others do not have to be. You may also wish to itemize what boxes can be safely stacked on top of one other. A box filled with books and clothing can be at the bottom of a stack. Obviously, you would not want to put a box filled with rare China on the bottom.
The actual boxes you select should be legitimate, thick moving and storage boxes. These boxes are going to be durable enough to handle the rigors of moving and stacking. That old television box you have in the basement is not.
You certainly do not want to put anything fragile inside a box without also including bubble paper. The bubble paper keeps the contents from being scratched or otherwise damaged. The boxes should also be sealed with packing tape and carefully marked with a magic marker. Marking the boxes is critical because you really cannot rely on memory alone when it comes to recalling what is packed in the boxes.
For those belongings that do not have to be packed in boxes, certain extra careful steps is still going to be necessary. Appliances with doors, for example, should be tapped shut. An ajar door can open up and, if something tips over and falls on the opened door, damage can result. Do not think such occurrences are out of the ordinary. In some cases, repair work or door lock replacements in the storage facility can lead to such accidents occurring. Stay on the safe side and tape all appliance doors shut.
Place boxes, appliances, and other items that have to be removed first or frequently accessed right by the front door of the unit. The reason for this is obvious. You do not want to empty out an entire 8 x 12 unit to get one box pressed all the way against the rear wall when it could have just placed up in the front.
Depending upon what you wish to store, you may also want to rent a storage unit that is climate controlled. Generally, climate controlled means the thermostat is not going to go too much over or too much under room temperature. Really, not much can go wrong when the temperature remains reasonably mild.
Last, never be in a rush when putting things in storage. Take your time perform your tasks both carefully and deliberately. This way, the job is done right.
About Getting the Job Done Right
Yes, there is a right way to using a storage unit and effectively packing things in it. You are paying for a lot of space, so why not use it in a manner that helps you get the most out of your money?