When renting a storage unit, one of the primary goals should be to make the best use of the space you’re paying for while ensuring easy access to your belongings. Efficiently packing and organizing your storage unit can make all the difference later when you come to look for certain items in your unit. ProSafe Storage has provided best practices to help you pack your storage unit to maximize your space.
How to Pack a Storage Unit for Easy Access
1. Plan Ahead
Start by listing all items you intend to store. Group similar items together and consider their size and frequency of access. Items you’ll need more often should be placed near the entrance, while seasonal or rarely used items can go towards the back. You should also consider placing your valuables in a back, secure corner—far from front and center when you open the unit door.
2. Stay Uniform with Boxes
Choosing boxes of the same size will help you stack them more stably and efficiently. Clear plastic containers can be a good choice because you can see what’s inside, and they’re sturdy and resistant to moisture. If you need more boxes, stop into ProSafe Storage’s office on Broadview Road. We sell boxes, bubble wrap, packing kits, and other helpful moving supplies.
3. Label Everything
Clearly label each box with a general description of its contents. This practice ensures you can quickly identify what’s in each box without shuffling them around. Make sure when you place the boxes in your storage unit, you face the labels outward so they are visible.
4. Disassemble Furniture
Take apart items like beds and tables. Store screws and small parts in labeled plastic bags, and tape them to the larger item. This not only saves space but also prevents loss of those essential components.
5. Utilize Hollow Spaces
Drawers, refrigerators, washing machines, and other large items have space inside. Fill these areas with smaller items like linen, clothes, or boxed kitchenware. Make the most of the space you already have.
6. Use Vertical Space
Taller storage units often have ample vertical space. Make use of it by securely stacking items, with the heaviest boxes at the bottom and gradually lighter items as you stack upwards.
7. Leave an Aisle
Keep a walkway down the center of your storage unit. This pathway provides easy access to all items, even those at the back.
8. Store Fragile Items Carefully
This should go without saying, but be careful with fragile objects amongst the hustle and bustle of moving. Wrap breakables in bubble wrap, packing paper, or old linens. Clearly mark these boxes as ‘Fragile’ and ensure they aren’t stored under heavy items.
9. Prioritize Climate-Sensitive Items
If your unit isn’t temperature-controlled, be wary of what you store. Items like electronics, photos, and some fabrics can be damaged by extreme temperatures. If possible, opt for a temperature-controlled unit or find an alternative storage solution for these items. Talk to one of our experts to find the best storage unit for your situation.
10. Regularly Check and Reorganize
Visit your storage unit from time to time. Check the condition of your items, especially if they’ve been stored for a long duration. These visits are also good opportunities to reorganize things if needed and clear items that you no longer wish to keep.
Get Started with ProSafe Storage
Now you are ready to store! If you are still looking for a secure storage in Parma, Ohio, visit ProSafe Storage for affordable and reliable space. You can check out our available temperature-controlled storage units and handle your rental on our website. We provide free resources to help you make decisions about choosing a storage unit size and specific amenities. And if you have further questions, you can call or stop into our office to talk out solutions with our professionals.