Millions (literally millions!) of people across the United States are turning to self storage facilities. Many people have run out of room in their garage to store their excess items, so they need another place to keep those things until they want them. Other people are so into seasonal activities, such as laking or snowboarding, that they need a place to keep those items until the right season rolls around. Still, other people turn to these facilities to store items temporarily while in the midst of a major move or a loss in the family. Whatever the reasons why people are using the facilities, one fact remains: many people don’t know how to go about packing them. There are certain things each person needs to keep in mind before they rent a storage unit and start piling things in. Without the proper planning and proactive thinking, storage units can end up becoming more of a hassle than a convenience. Here is a list of the top ten keys to packing your storage unit well. Be sure to read through this list and practice these tips. It will make the entire process much easier on you and your family.
1. Lay down a tarp. It is always great to lay a plastic tarp on the ground prior to moving things into your unit. This will help to keep water from gathering on your items should a bad rainstorm hit your part of the country.
2. Use wood pallets. By placing wood pallets on top of the tarp before you move things into your unit, you are able to make sure that every item is kept off the ground. This will prevent water, pests, dust, and other things from gathering on your items while they’re being stored.
3. Big items in the pack/smaller in the front. This will allow you to maximize the space in your unit. If you need to add stuff to your self storage rental later, you’ll have the room to do so.
4. Organize items prior. Make sure you organize all of your items before you move them to your storage unit. This will enable you to get the right size of unit.
5. Get the right moving supplies. Having the right boxes, hand dollies, tape, markers, etc. will enable you to better organize your storage unit. The more organized it is the easier it will be to find items at a later date or move out.
6. Consider shelves. This is the best organizational tip you could have. Shelves allow you to organize things neatly so you can find any item when/if you need it.
7. Put items you might need at the front. If there are items that you might need before other items, be sure to place them at the front. This makes them more accessible.
8. Consider your climate/humidity levels. If you live in a very hot, cold, dry, or humid climate, you might want to consider a climate controlled unit. This decision hinges on what types of items you are going to be storing.
9. Box things properly. Once again, this just makes it easier to pack the storage unit and find items when you need them.
10. Cover furniture properly. Dust and water can damage furniture if they are stored in such climates for too long. Therefore, be sure to cover all furniture properly to protect it.