But how do you pack away your storage unit to ensure that everything fits, and you’re making the most out of your space?
1. Plan ahead
Before you start packing your storage unit, take some time to plan. Determine what items you’ll be storing, their sizes, and how frequently you may need access to them. Create a list and prioritise items based on their frequency of use. This planning will help you decide on the size of storage unit you need and where to place items for easy access.
2. Choose the right storage unit size
Selecting the appropriate storage unit size is crucial for efficient packing. Opt for a unit that fits your needs without excess space. A smaller unit can be cost-effective, but if it’s too small, it can lead to cramped, insufficient storage and potential damage to your items.
3. Use quality packing supplies
Invest in good-quality packing materials like sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and furniture covers. These materials will protect your belongings from dust, moisture, and damage during storage. Labelling your self-storage boxes clearly is also essential for easy retrieval later.
4. Protect fragile items
In particular, you want to focus on using the right packing materials for fragile items. Use bubble wrap or packing paper for extra protection and place them in sturdy boxes. It can be helpful to label them as fragile — just be sure to stack them carefully and avoid placing heavy items on top.
5. Disassemble furniture and bulky items
To maximise space, disassemble furniture and bulky items whenever possible. This includes removing table legs, taking apart bed frames, and disassembling shelving units. This not only saves space but also helps protect your furniture from potential damage.
6. Create aisle space
Having aisle space in your storage unit can make it easier to access your belongings from inside the container. It can be a useful idea to group and label similar items together — consider using boxes, bins, or containers for smaller items.
7. Use vertical space
One way you can maximise space to create an aisle is to stack your items vertically. Use shelving units or sturdy wooden pallets to elevate boxes and keep them off the floor. This not only maximises space but also helps protect your items from moisture.
You can also consider placing your items on an elevated pallet, which can further create more ground room.
8. Prioritise accessible items
As mentioned above, it’s helpful to place items you’ll need to access more frequently towards the front of the storage unit. Once you’ve planned your configuration, put this into place. It’ll save you from having to dig through boxes to find what you need. Clearly label these boxes so you can identify them easily.
9. Utilise furniture for storage
Make use of furniture as additional storage. For example, you can store items inside dressers, cabinets, and even appliances. This not only saves space but also keeps your items organised and protected.
10. Regularly review and reorganise
Storage units can quickly become disorganised if you’re not vigilant. Plan periodic visits to your unit to review and reorganise your belongings. This will help you maintain an efficient layout and ensure that your items remain in good condition.
Storage solutions with Stock N Lock
Storing your furniture doesn’t have to be a huge, expensive ordeal. At Stock N Lock, we offer a range of easy storage solutions (including packing materials) whatever your situation.
Get in touch with us to find out more today.