It’s essential that you use boxes of similar sizes which you can safely stack
high and therefore save storage room by taking advantage of the vertical space
of the self-storage unit. Invest in good quality boxes that will last you for
years and not fall apart in a few months’ time or so. Purchasing quality packing
supplies is also important when it comes to providing the best possible
protection for your items in storage.
Make a detailed list of all the items that you are placing in your selected
self-storage unit before you pack them for storage. Take pictures great notes!
That list will serve two separate yet equally important purposes:
You may think you will always remember what’s inside your unit, but memory
can sometimes prove to be a very unreliable friend.
All of the stored boxes should be labeled properly and facing the walkway for
quick and effortless identification. Write clearly what’s inside each box and be
as specific as possible – for example, instead of having several boxes marked as
”Kitchen”, take a black marker pen and put down “Toaster”, “Blender”, “Kitchen
utensils”, etc. Also, don’t forget to place the sign “FRAGILE”
to all the boxes full of easily breakable stuff.
Partly filled boxes are prone to breakage and may tumble over or collapse.
So, you should fill them up to their full capacity but at the same time keep
them from becoming too heavy for you to lift and carry around. Remember one of the fundamental principles of effective packing: heavier items go into smaller
boxes while lighter ones go into larger storage container. Or you can do a
combination of both but make sure the heavier stuff stays at the bottom of the
Moreover, all fragile items need to be wrapped separately with either packing
paper or bubble wrap, placed in strong boxes and any empty spaces in the boxes filled with paper, towels, old pieces of clothing, thick socks or other suitable materials you have at hand. TV sets, stereo systems, computers and other electrical equipment will be best protected in their original boxes, or
alternative boxes of similar sizes if you don’t keep the packing you purchased
them in. When you’re done preparing a box for storage, don’t forget to seal it
well with packing tape to keep eventual dust and moisture away.
When you begin packing your storage unit, think about the next time you’ll
need to retrieve an item from the back of the storage area – just leave a tiny
path through the middle of your unit for easier access later on. Yes, knowing
that space is money, the temptation to fill the entire storage cell up to the
brim will be strong but do your best to resist it. Remember that time is money
as well, and you’re surely going to waste plenty of it rearranging and unpacking
your belongings just to get hold of one single item.
Your tallest and bulkiest items (mattresses, furniture pieces, home
appliances) should be placed at the back of the self-storage unit and as close
to the walls as possible. The shorter and less bulky goods should be stored
closer to the pathway so that you’ll have a clear and unobstructed view of all
your stored items when you stand in the unit doorway.
Also, try to come up with some clever ideas of your own to maximize the space
of your self-storage unit. For instance, furniture drawers are excellent for
keeping fragile items, wardrobes are great for storing larger boxes inside,
while kitchen appliances will surely fit some of your smaller packed
Before you place some of your larger furniture (beds, tables, etc.) in
storage, see if you can dismantle them to save precious space. Keep the
dismounted pieces together, wrapped safely and ready to be put back together
when the time is right. Also, tiny elements such as bolts, screws and hinges
should be placed in plastic bags and taped to the corresponding furniture
Even if you have chosen a well-protected and clean storage facility, the
atmosphere inside it surely won’t be dust free, so it’s up to you to take the
necessary steps in order to ensure that your precious belongings are not damaged
by possible dust and moisture. Consider placing a layer of protective sheeting
or boards on the floor, as well as mattress bags and furniture covers for
additional protection of your furniture.
It’s best to place the items that you think you’ll need to access most
frequently at the front of the storage unit.
So, how to pack a storage unit and how to maximize the space inside it?
Packing a self-storage unit is all about good planning and smart execution.
Put some thought into each step before you actually take it – use the
organizational tips above to save money by maximizing your storage space and the packing tips to save time and peace of mind by protecting your precious
possessions the best way possible.