There’s lots of reasons to use self storage units. Whether you’re between permanent homes, trying to reduce your clutter or find somewhere secure for a precious collection, or even using them as a small warehouse for your self-run business, they make life so much easier and more convenient.
As with anything worth doing, it’s worth making sure you’re getting the most out of your storage – packing them badly could mean you’re spending too much by taking up too much room, or it could lead to damage to the precious items you’re trying to keep safe. Today we’re presenting you with a short guide to using storage properly, so you get the most out of it and don’t put your possessions in danger.
There’s going to be a best approach depending on what you’re storing: if you’ve got lots of books going into storage then you’ll need a different approach to if you want to turn a storage unit into a wine cellar.
When you’re looking for a storage unit call round or visit in person to discuss your needs: if you’re storing something highly specialist (like wine) it’s worth discussing because they may not have the facilities on offer to do the best job for you – many storage facilities cannot guarantee the temperature control that would make a wine collection safe in the long term, for example. If you need to find a specialist facility it’s worth the money and effort spent on that to be sure your items are safe.
One of the most important things you can do whatever you’re storing is make sure you’re eliminating any moisture before you lock things away. Whether you’re storing clothes, books or wooden furniture, a patch of moisture, damp or mould can spread when you’re not there every day to take care of it. Check every item over and make sure it’s dry and any dust or mould is brushed away before you pack things together and put them into storage.
Filling a Unit
Filling a unit carefully is the key to getting the most out of your storage – if you pack it inefficiently you might find yourself taking up too much space and paying for a larger unit than you need, or unable to access the goods you’re looking for when you need them. That’s less important when it’s for a house move but if you’re running a business from your storage you need to be able to access your full inventory quickly and easily.
Start with large, bulky items towards the back, with smaller items at the front, and try to leave ‘corridors’ from front to back and side to side. Everything you need should be easily within arms reach.