People use self-storage for a variety of reasons including moving, renovating, downsizing homes, or when needing extra space. Once you have made the decision to use storage, the next step is to be prepared to pack the unit when you arrive at the facility. Organizing your storage locker can not only save you time but also money. With pre-planning and organizing, you have easy access to the items you need most frequently and you maximize the space you have. If you are moving items in yourself, there are several things you should keep in mind to utilize the space efficiently. Here are five key tips on packing your storage unit.
1. Pick one standard box or bin size
When purchasing boxes or bins for your move, consider using only one uniform size or two at the most. Doing this allows you to pack your locker more efficiently and saves room when stacking them. Heavier boxes should be placed at the bottom and lighter boxes at the top. If you have a variety of different sized boxes and bins, then you will end up using more space than necessary and this is not a cost-efficient solution. Most of our lockers are 8 feet in height so boxes can be stacked to the ceiling. Some storage units are even higher and you can stack boxes right up to the top of the locker.
2. Create an aisle in your locker
Creating a walkway either down one side or in the middle of your storage locker ensures you have easy access to any items after you move into your storage unit. It can be difficult to find a specific item you need if the locker is packed with no room to spare. Additionally, if you need an item at the very back of your storage unit, you could be faced with moving everything out to access it.
If you are planning on visiting your unit prior to moving out, creating an aisle saves you time down the road. It is much easier to grab a box from the back of your unit when you have an aisle to walk down. This ensures you’re not wasting your time trying to find something you need.
3. Label every box and create a master list
By labelling every box on the top and on at least one side along with the room it came from, you will be able to easily identify where an item is. We recommend creating a master list that includes the contents of each box, the box number, and the location of the box. This will prove to be a time-saver in the event you are looking for an item. Make sure you keep a map of the location in the storage locker, so you can locate any item you are looking for and eliminate the hassle of forgetting to bring the master list with you.
4. Use shelving to organize your storage unit
One of the best ways to create more space is by setting up shelving in your unit. Using shelving can help you stack many boxes or organize items without having to box them up. You can lay items out flat on shelves for convenient access when you need something out of the locker. If you plan on coming into your unit frequently, setting up some shelving is highly recommended.
5. Plan your storage space for easy access
You should consider putting things you know will be staying in the storage unit during your entire stay near the back of the locker. If you have some items you might need to take out a few months down the road, place these near the front. Labelling and colour coordinating your boxes and bins help tremendously so you can easily find things you need after moving in.
6. Use drawers of dressers to store items
If you are storing a dresser or other furniture with storage, make sure you use all space in your furniture. Packing light items such as bedding, towels or clothing in dresser drawers or cupboards allow you to utilize all the space in your locker. You are paying for the space, so you will want to make sure you utilize it well.
7. Place TVs and other electronics in the back of the unit
Using self-storage in SE Calgary is very secure and provides security where only you can access your items. There is an additional step you can take to give you an added layer of protection. Place your televisions and other valuable electronics or equipment near the back of your unit. This reduces the risk of any valuable items stored inside being seen when it is open and gives you peace of mind that no one knows what is in your unit except you.
There are many ways you can pack a storage unit during your move that will help you get the best value for your storage investment. By utilizing some of the tips above, you can organize your self-storage unit in the most cost-efficient and time-saving manner.
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