It is inevitable that people accumulate stuff throughout their lives. Good stuff, bad stuff, it doesn’t matter – all that stuff has to be stored somewhere. At some point, they reach the maximum storage capacity of their home. Some people control this by periodically going through their possessions and tossing out things. Other people choose to rent a storage space to store the overflow.
Renting a storage unit is reasonable especially for those items that are not frequently used, but take up space (i.e. Holiday decorations, baby items, winter sports equipment, etc.). To keep the price of renting a storage unit to a minimum, here are a few tips on how to maximize that storage space.
Before renting a storage unit, always plan what will be stored and how accessible the items need to be. For instance, items which have the same shapes should be stored together as they will fit better and minimize any excess free space in between them. Items used more frequently should be kept near the entrance and items rarely used placed in the back of the storage unit.
Pack Boxes Tightly
When packing, it is imperative to ensure that the packed boxes are full and tight. Having excess space will cause the contents of the box to wobble around when moving the box. This unwanted movement can cause damage to the contents. Boxes with space in the top often collapse when other boxes are stacked on top of them harming the contents and making the stack unstable. Fill space with paper, packing peanuts or soft items (clothing, linens, stuffed animals, etc.)
Stacking the boxes one on top of each other will maximize the number of boxes stored in the storage unit. Start with the biggest, heaviest boxes on the bottom and then add the smaller, lighter boxes on top. In some cases adding shelving will help “stack” the boxes and allow for easier access by not having to unstack boxes when retrieving the ones on the bottom.
If items will be retrieved from the storage unit periodically, it is a good idea to leave passageways between the stacks. Aisles allow for easy access in the future. Nothing is more frustrating than having to spend a day moving boxes around as you search for that one box.
Have an inventory of what is in the box attached to the outside. Once again this may seem like a bit of work when you are first moving things into the storage area, but it will save time in the future when looking for specific items. Have all inventory lists facing the aisle so they can be seen easily.
Never Turn a Storage Unit into a Dumpsite
Do not treat a self-storage unit as a dump site doing so is a waste of money. Only items to be used in the near future should be stored. If you are unsure, mark the box with the date it was placed in storage, if the box is untouched after a year (or two) – get rid of the contents.
Storage units can be very useful, but be sure you are spending your money wisely by maximizing the storage space in the smallest unit needed.
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