6 Packing Tips for Storage Units

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If you are planning to pack up a few things that you don’t use anymore, or use rarely and want to get them out of the house to free up space, a storage locker can be the solution that you need.

Many people will often choose to rent a storage locker all year round as it is a great place to store items, clothing and tools that are only needed on a seasonal basis. To keep your costs down and keep a handle on what you have stored you should follow the following tips for keeping your storage unit packed correctly and efficiently.

1. Get an idea of how much space you need

When it comes to choosing the right storage locker the most important thing that you need to know is how large a unit do you need. This doesn’t need to be a guessing game. You should take some careful measurements of the boxes that you are going to be using and then plan based on how many boxes you will be filling up. You should make sure that you have some wiggle room when it comes to the size of your storage locker as you will not want to pack it so tightly that you need to completely empty

2. Get the correct packing materials

One of the most important aspects of packing a storage locker is that you are using the correct materials. You need to ensure that you have used boxes that can be stacked and handle the weight that you are planning to put on them. You should also get bubble wrap or some other material that will allow you to store any fragile items carefully.

3. Pack with care and attention

You should not simply pack your storage locker haphazardly as the boxes come out of the car or truck. There are a few simple rules to follow to make sure that you are packing your storage locker the right way. Ideally, you need to put all heavy items on the bottom, then lighter items above. This can help a great deal when it comes to the strain that you are putting on the boxes. Even the most sturdy boxes will eventually start to wain when it comes to constant strain.

4. Label every box

You need to be able to know where all of your items are at all times. This can be a little bit time consuming but you will need to now only label every box that you are planning to put into self storage, you should also keep a detailed inventory of each box. This can be on a separate list. You will thank yourself a great deal for this when the time comes to find one particular item at the back of your storage locker that is mixed in with a number of other items.

5. Pack based on room and function

The contents of each box should make sense when you think about the layout of your house. One of the best ways to do this is by packing by room. If you have items that are typically used in the kitchen then they should go together, bathroom items in another box, and so on.

6. Make use of all empty spaces

If you are storing a piece of furniture that has some storage space then you should make sure that you fill it with items. This avoids any hollow space in your storage locker that could be ultimately costing you money if you don’t use it. This can be applied to all sorts of items. As long as you are keeping track of where everything is going, then you will be on the right track.

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