Make a Professional Packing Job for Your Storage Unit
Taking everything out of your storage facility and starting to unpack boxes is the last thing you want to do when you absolutely need that backup air fryer or that nasty self-portrait of Aunt Maybel because she’s coming to visit. This is not only inconvenient, but it is also time-consuming. A small amount of time and work invested in organising your storage unit will save you a great deal of frustration in the long run.
Before you begin packing the unit, you must first locate a storage facility that is convenient, reputable, and secure. Read Choosing the Right Storage Facility to get a better idea of what you should be looking for.
You’re ready to start storing your belongings now that you’ve rented the appropriate-sized unit in the appropriate area. Listed below are some pointers to get you started with your packing and organisation efforts.
How to Pack Your Storage Unit to Make It More Convenient and Easier to Use
First and foremost, pack…
Make a list, label it, and put a label on it before you start tossing things into boxes at random. Then, assign each item to the right box on your list. Attach labels to the boxes so that you will know what is inside each one. It’s a good idea to make a list of the items and write down their replacement values. If you ever need to submit an insurance claim, you’ll be grateful that you took the extra time to prepare. It only takes a few minutes to make a specific note on boxes that you may need to access on a regular basis so that you may organise them more easily. Make careful to label each box with a number.
Identify items that have been labelled as “easily accessible”:
Items that you will use on a regular basis, or even on a yearly basis, should be the last to be packed. Extra consideration should be given to products that you may require sooner rather than later.
Clothing for the season
Camping equipment and seasonal sports equipment
Decorations, costumes, or bakeware for the holidays
Toys for young children
Documents of importance
Aunt Maybel’s ugly self-portrait.
Fill up your boxes
Don’t leave boxes with only a few items inside. Fill the box to the brim with lighter goods, starting with a few heavy items at the bottom and working your way up to the top.
Keep Large Appliances in Good Condition: Store freezers and refrigerators with the doors open and drain washing machines to reduce the growth of mould and mildew.
Make Use of suit carriers or dress bags:
If you have the space, you should use wardrobe boxes to keep your seasonal apparel during the off-season. They will retain their shape and remain in good condition if they are hung on hangars to dry. Shoes and boots can be kept in the bottom of storage boxes for easy access.
Tools and equipment should be stored with care. Remove any fuel from these things and rub them with oil to prevent rust and corrosion from developing.
Then it’s time to organise…
Strategy an Organised Layout: Make a broad plan for how you’re going to arrange the furniture and boxes in your unit before you begin. Consider where you’ll put these objects and how you’ll arrange them. Furniture and large appliances should ideally be placed against a wall directly opposite the boxes. Make sure there is enough space in the middle of the unit for easy access. Boxes that you will need to access regularly should be placed last in the storage area.
Before storing your boxes, set pallets on the floor to protect them from damage. Pests and insects will be discouraged from congregating under your boxes as a result of this.
Make Use of Shelves:
Make Use of Shelves: If you position the shelves near the front of your unit, you will have an easier time reaching for items that you may require on a frequent basis.
Create a Master Content Inventory:
As said in #1, “List, label, and mark” the items on your list. In order to replace an item, you’ll need a Master List that includes the box number, the identification of each item in the box, as well as the replacement amount. Even though it appears to be a time-consuming task, having this list can come in handy whether you’re searching for that air fryer or if you ever need to file an insurance claim.
Make a map of your storage unit and put it in a prominent spot in your unit. Label each box and item on the map and label each item on the clipboard. It is not necessary to be overly technical; a simple hand-drawn sketch would suffice. This will make it much easier to locate the goods that have been “buried” in the back of the storage unit.
At first glance, these chores appear to take a significant amount of time and work, but the results are well worth the effort. It won’t be long before you’re searching for that misplaced little appliance or unsightly photograph, and you’ll have no trouble finding your valued possessions.