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Tips on Efficiently Packing a Storage Unit

Whether you are moving, going through a transition period, or simply cleaning house, storage units can be valuable assets in keeping your cherished belongings safe and secure. Packing your storage unit efficiently and strategically will give you one less thing to worry about at a time when stress levels are commonly high. Here’s how:

1. Separate furniture and boxes. By placing furniture items on one side of the unit and boxes on the other, finding what you’re looking for becomes that much easier. Be sure that you have clearly marked your boxes as to their contents, and face the writing outward so you can tell at a glance which box contains what.

2. Allow yourself an access area, and room to move around inside the unit, without having to crawl underneath or climb over your belongings.

3. Before packing the unit, break down what you can into smaller pieces. This will eliminate wasted space within the storage unit. Take bed frames apart, take legs off of tables and chairs, disassemble futons, etc. Securely tie loose pieces together. Be sure to bag any nuts, bolts, or screws, and tape the clearly marked bags inside a dresser drawer for safe keeping.

4. Keep belongings at least a foot away from the front of the unit. The doors of storage units often get caught on items placed too close to them if even the slightest degree of shifting has taken place.

5. To prevent continuously moving your goods around the unit, place the items that you are most likely to need access to during your storage experience at the front of the unit, and those less likely to be needed toward the back.

6. Finally, make use of dresser drawers. These are great for accommodating small and fragile items. Using packing tape to secure these items inside the drawer is recommended to prevent mishaps later on.

Avoid Moving Relocation Battles

Create an Organizational System When Packing.

When packing, people tend to simply throw their belongings in the box to move from one location to another. You can reduce a great deal of stress and anxiety by labeling the moving boxes with the items that they contain and placing only items in that category in them.

When Moving to a Smaller Location Know Which Boxes Should Be Stored.

If you are moving to a smaller location and need to place some of your items into storage, make sure that you do not store items that will be needed immediately. Your organizational system can help prevent this from happening, or at least make it easier to retrieve items when you must find them quickly.

Research the Storage Company You Plan to Use.

While most companies operate reputable businesses, there unfortunately are some that do not perform such honest business practices. You can ask a representative of the company questions such as who has access to the storage units or how often do thefts occur within their storage units.

Understand the Rules.

Make sure that you understand all of the rules and regulations that are imposed on the storage units you will be using. Different storage companies have different rules and regulations. Not understanding what your responsibilities are can result in hefty penalties and ultimately the loss of your property.

Get a Good Lock.

Unfortunately, even the best company has break-ins occur on their premises. To prevent the likelihood of becoming a victim you should purchase a heavy duty lock that is resistant to damage. This can deter a would-be thief from attempting to gain access to your unit and your belongings. Instead, most thieves will tend to move on to another unit that is not as secured.

Summer Storage

Spring cleaning is a great time to get the house in order for the busy summer months. Winter items need to be packed before moving into storage, summer clothes brought out and everything needs cleaned off. This can be more difficult if storage space is limited or if there is a lot of clutter. Spring cleaning can be made easier if unused or seldom used items are stored away. This makes it a great time to consider using storage units. Storage units can hold off-season clothing, decorations and other gear as well as the clutter that we can’t seem to get rid of.

When deciding to use storage units as part of spring cleaning it is wise to first devise a plan. Start by making a map of how the space inside the unit can be used. Remember to leave space to maneuver. This makes it easier to get to boxes you may need; reducing the time spent needlessly moving boxes around. Packing the boxes based on seasons or holidays is a great way to ensure everything can be easily found. Also, make sure items are clean before packing them away. When packing boxes, it is important to note that sealed plastic bags tend to harbor mildew, so plain boxes are best at ensuring there are no surprises when seasons once again change.