Don’t just cram your personal belongings into your storage unit. Having a plan will allow you to maximize the space and height in your storage unit, making it easier to retrieve your items. Your belongings will also be better protected. These helpful tips will have you well on your way to “Storing Smart”.
Take the time to label the contents of each box with a heavy black marker. Trust us on this one. You’ll really regret it when you’re tearing open every single box in your unit looking for Halloween decorations.
Also, be sure to mark boxes that contain items that can easily be damaged or broken. For example, boxes containing glassware, picture frames and lamps should be marked with “FRAGILE” or “GLASSWARE” and also note which end is up.
Disassemble Furniture Items
Many items can be disassembled to take up less space. Reduce the size of tables, chairs, bedframes, and other furniture items by disassembling them into smaller pieces.
Keep an Aisle
Leave yourself a clear path down the center of your storage unit. This way, you won’t have to struggle moving boxes and furniture to get to your items in the back.
Make sure your box labels are facing towards the aisle so you can easily read them. Consider numbering your boxes and keeping a corresponding list with location near the entrance of your unit.
Use Heavy Items to Create a Solid Base
You’re probably going to be stacking a lot of boxes. But, not all boxes are created equal. Heavier boxes will crush the contents of boxes underneath. So, use heavier boxes for a base and stack lighter boxes as you stack vertically.
Wrap Mirrors and Fragile Items In Padding
Don’t be left with a pile of broken glass. Protect your mirrors and anything that can easily be shattered with blankets, bubble wrap, padding, etc.
Fill In the Gaps Creatively
Be creative with how you use the space. For example, if you have a refrigerator, store items like books and DVDs inside of it. Just don’t forget to leave the fridge door wedged open for circulation, otherwise you’ll have some pretty moldy books.
Make a Map Of Where Everything Is/Create An Inventory List
Finding the one item you need can feel like a bit of a treasure hunt if you’re not organized. Make your future visits easier by creating an inventory list and making a map of exactly where all your items are located. Then just tack it on the door so your next visit is easy in, easy out.
Okay, now you’re a storage genius!
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This handy table shows approximately how many boxes of each type you will need to store the items in your residence.
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