1. Keep Fragile & Heavy Items Low
This one is pretty simple. Stacking fragile items on top of other items or boxes makes them more likely to fall and break. And storing heavy items higher up will result in boxes underneath giving out and heavy items falling.
2. Go Vertical
Though fragile items shouldn’t be stacked high, using the height of a storage unit will help maximize your space. While a storage unit as small as 5’x5′ has only 25 square feet of storage space, it has 200 cubic feet to work with.
3. Utilize Shelves & Storage Furniture
Storing shelves, a dresser, or other items used for storage at home? Put those items to work to help maximize the space in your storage unit! Even something like a garbage bin can be used to store items. Don’t let hollow space go to waste.
4. Make A walkway
This one isn’t necessary if you don’t plan to take items in and out of storage regularly. However, especially when using a larger storage unit like a 10’x20′ of bigger, leaving a small walkway to be able to access items throughout your storage unit can save you a ton of trouble down the road.
5. Use wooden pallets
Using wooden pallets to raise your items off the concrete floor helps keep air flowing throughout the storage unit. This is a great way to avoid moisture buildup that items sitting directly on the floor can experience.
5. Use Covers
While we make every effort to keep our facility safe and clean, extra protection is always encouraged. Cover your furniture with mattress bags, sofa covers, or upholstery bags to protect it from dust and moisture.
6. Leave items you’ll need more near the front
Know you’ll need something sooner than later? Make sure these types of items are kept near the front of your storage unit so that taking them in and out is as convenient as possible. And don’t forget labels! After months in storage, you won’t remember which box items are in.
7. Take Inventory
Before you pack up your items, make a list of exactly what you are placing in your storage unit. This is important because it allows you to recall what’s inside if you need to access something. It also could be important to have in the case of a natural disaster if you need to file an insurance claim.