Storage units can be expensive, so maximizing space in a smaller unit can make a difference. You can keep more in the unit if you can learn to pack your belongings neatly and efficiently!
Size of the Storage Unit
It’s important to consider the size of the unit you want to rent. If you think you’ll need two of them, just opt for a larger one to save money.
Make sure to walk around your home and see what items you are putting in storage, and try to figure out which ones can be stacked or which ones will take up the most space. If you are putting items in storage for a move, try to see which ones the owner of the new home will let you place in the garage or other areas of the house before completely moving in. That way, bigger items won’t have to go in paid storage and take up that space.
Make sure to pack strategically. Pick boxes that are roughly the same shape and size as each other. This way, they will be easier to fit in the storage unit. If you don’t get moving boxes, try plastic totes with an actual cover or lid.
If you are looking for free boxes, stop by fast food restaurants and ask for old food boxes and have the manager hold them for you.
Always remember to never pack liquids, chemicals, batteries, food, aerosol cans or sprays, etc., in a storage units. These are usually on the list of items not allowed in a storage unit facility.
Order of Packing the Storage Unit
Packing up a storage unit can seem like playing Tetris. You have to find out what fits where, but always make sure boxes go in the back. Furniture and oddly shaped items go towards the front. If you are using a storage unit for a move, you’ll need the furniture first anyways. Boxes and bins can fit in a car rather than putting them all in a moving truck.
Materials Needed for the Unit
Make sure you keep a step ladder handy, as well as a tape measure. The step ladder can help you stack your boxes, and the tape measure can help you figure out how much space you have to work with. Maximize your space so that you can get your moneys worth!