There are more self storage units being used in the United States today than ever before in the country’s history. The bottom line is that people simply have more stuff than they ever have before, and although they don’t want to get rid of the stuff, they don’t have anywhere else to put it. Many people use their units to store recreational vehicles, such as jet skis and four wheelers, while others use them to store extra household items and furniture. Although the number of storage units being used has gone up, many people don’t understand the basics about how to use their unit effectively. They simply throw their stuff into the unit, lock it up, and leave it until they need it. Often, people have no idea how long they are planning on storing things, and then they get upset when they come back a year later to find many of their items damaged or destroyed. The reality of self storage units is that they need to be packed in particular ways to maximize space, prevent climate from impacting them, and to ensure that the items are in good shape when they are finally retrieved. Therefore, it is crucial for people to pack their storage rental effectively.
The first step to packing a storage unit effectively is understanding what you are going to be storing and organizing it appropriately. If you plan on storing miscellaneous items from your home, then you should put those items into boxes and label them accordingly. This will make it easier to locate items once you are unpacking them, and it will make things easier to move. If you are planning on storing larger items, then you should organize and prepare them for storage. For example, all couches and mattresses should be covered by blankets, bags, or sheets. This will protect them from humidity, dust, dirt, and pests, and ensure that they are in great condition when you come back for them. Wood furniture should also be covered in blankets, and legs of wood furniture should be wrapped in bubble wrap to ensure that they don’t collect scratches while they are being stored. Once all of this preparation is done, things are ready to be moved from their location to the storage facility.
Once at the facility, things should be packed into the unit in an appropriate manner. Before moving things into the unit, it should be prepared. This means laying a tarp down on the ground, and if you live in a particularly wet climate, with lots of rain, you should also put wood pallets on the ground. Items should then be moved in, and the pallets will make sure that everything is lifted off of the ground. Larger items should go in the back, and the things that you plan on using from time to time should be stored near the front of the unit. Remember to use the height of the storage unit, and if you have enough space, install shelves to put all of the items on.
The bottom line is that the more organized and well thought out the storage plan, the easier it will be to move things in and out as need be.