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Tips for packing a storage unit well

Packing a storage unit effectively will save you time and space.  Here are our top tips for packing a storage unit;

  1. Plan Ahead: Before you start, create a plan. Decide what items you’ll store and how often you might need to access them. This will help you organise the unit efficiently.
  2. Sort and Declutter: Take this opportunity to declutter. Donate or discard items you no longer need. This will save space and reduce clutter in your storage unit.
  3. Use Uniform Boxes: Use sturdy, uniform-sized boxes for easy stacking. This maximises space and stability within the unit.
  4. Label Everything: Clearly label boxes with their contents. This makes it easier to find items without having to open every box.
  5. Heavier Items at Bottom: Place heavier items at the bottom and lighter ones on top. This prevents damage and makes it easier to access lighter items when needed.
  6. Disassemble Furniture: If possible, disassemble larger furniture to save space. Keep screws and parts in labeled bags taped to the furniture.
  7. Protect Fragile Items: Use bubble wrap, packing paper, or blankets to protect fragile items. Stack these items towards the top and mark the boxes as “Fragile.”
  8. Create Aisle Space: Leave a clear pathway down the center of the unit so you can easily access items at the back.
  9. Use Shelving Units: If allowed, shelving units can provide additional vertical storage space and keep items organized.
  10. Utilise Furniture Spaces: Use the space inside larger furniture items (like drawers and cabinets) to store smaller items.
  11. Wrap Furniture: Cover furniture with protective covers or sheets to prevent dust accumulation.
  12. Protect Mattresses: Store mattresses on their sides to save space. Use mattress covers to keep them clean.
  13. Keep Essential Items Accessible: If you anticipate needing certain items, like seasonal clothing, place them near the entrance for easy access.
  14. Use Vacuum Bags: For clothing and linens, vacuum-sealed bags can save a lot of space.
  15. Store Appliances Safely: Clean and thoroughly dry appliances before storing. Leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew.
  16. Stack Vertically: Utilize vertical space by stacking boxes and items to the ceiling, but make sure stacks are stable and won’t topple.
  17. Visit Periodically: Even if you don’t need to access your items often, it’s a good idea to check on them periodically to ensure everything is in good condition.
  18. Keep an Inventory: Maintain a detailed inventory of what you’ve stored. This will help you locate items without the need to sift through everything.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to pack your storage unit efficiently, keeping your belongings organized and easily accessible.