Packing A Self-Storage Unit

Packing A Self-Storage Unit

You’ve decided to store some items for some time, found a unit and have packed them away and ready to go. Before putting things into the unit itself you may want to organize the space so that you will have easy access to whatever you need, whenever you need it. You do not want to put things in the storage unit in such as fashion that you have to pull everything out to get that one important box clear at the back of the space. Determining what needs to be easily accessible, as well as knowing where to find it is part of the overall organization. Here are some tips for packing your self-storage unit.

Layout A Plan for The Self-Storage Unit

Start by categorizing your items, which means that if you have kitchen stuff, mark the boxes accordingly. Using a number system is great for categorizing stored items. If you have a lot of items that will be kept in the storage unit, draw yourself a map. This map can be as simple as a square, but on the map put which box goes in what category. For instance, if you have five boxes that are from the kitchen, put the number five at the location on your map where they will be setting. Once you have completed your location map tape it to the inside of the storage unit wall, this way you will always know where things are located within the space.

Packing The Self-Storage Unit

One great tip is to stack your boxes along the wall keeping in mind that there should be a small space between the wall and the boxes. Make sure to put your bulkier items in the middle of the space. Another idea is to put the heavier boxes or items to the rear of the space. From here you can place boxes in rows with enough room between so there is walking space. You will want to utilize height and have paths to as many items as possible depending on how much you have. In either case you will want to use boxes that are uniform in size wherever possible, so that the rows can be easily negotiated. It is always important to put the items that you will be accessing often towards the front of the storage unit so that you can get in and out quickly.

Boxes And Containers For Your Storage Unit

Whether you are using moving boxes or boxes from the grocery store, they should be sturdy enough to withstand additional boxes on top. Some companies will offer to provide boxes if you do not have any. Most moving boxes come in three sizes; medium (18x14x12), large (20x20x15) and extra-large (23x23x16). When packing your storage unit you will want to use the bigger boxes on the bottom with the lighter boxes on top. Items can also be packed in plastic containers, although this may be a bit more expensive there is less chance of moisture and deterioration over the long haul. Most plastic containers will also come in the three sizes stated above.