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19 Nov 2020

How to make optimal use of your self-storage space (with pro tips!)


Using a self storage space takes nothing more than common sense. But since most people consider self storage in times of desperation, common sense tends to fall through the cracks. Therefore, we’ve curated a list of common-sense tips and tricks which will help you to use self storage efficiently. Let’s delve.

Store items as per your needs

This means that place things in alignment with your needs. Priority items (or things you are going to need more often than not) should be at the front of the storage unit, always. How often do you intend to access your items? This will enable you to pack your self storage unit efficiently.

Use boxes

Wherever and whenever possible, use boxes to pack your items. It’s because boxes are easy to stack and move around. Don’t forget to seal them to keep dust and dirt at bay.

Use labels

This is an important aspect if you want to use self storage optimally. The labels stuck to the sides of the boxes help you to easily make out what's inside the box without wasting time and having to pull your hair over it. One little sticker saves you from all the bicker over which item is in which box!

Pro tip – Mark boxes which hold delicate things as FRAGILE-HANDLE WITH CARE

How to fill boxes

You should always fill the boxes to their brim, meaning to their full capacity to prevent items from moving around. However, don’t overdo it as it may make the boxes too heavy to lift and in the process, the boxes may even break apart from below under the pressure of the weight.

Time for some more pro tips to make the most of your self-storage space – 

a) Always keep the boxes full of things as they will be sturdier and easier to stack in the self-storage unit. 

b) Make sure the heaviest ones lie at the bottom of the pile.

c) Use self-storage shelves in the unit for those items which you are going to regularly access while in storage. On the shelves, the items will be easily visible.

d) To make optimal use of your self storage unit, dismantle your furniture and fill those that are hollow, like cupboards, refrigerators, and washing machines, with boxes (not large ones, small ones) and other little items.

e) Secure the door of your kitchen appliances so they cannot shut. This keeps mildew and odour from building up.

f) Many people store bolts and nuts dismantled from items in a separate box which not only takes up additional space but also results in confusion later as to which goes where. Rather, simply store all the screws in a zip-lock bag and attach (tape) it to the item it belongs to. This way it will neither take up extra space nor will it get hammered or screwed into the wrong items!

g) Last but not least, if it’s getting overwhelming, get professional help to pack and stack your self storage space. These experienced professionals will ensure all your items remain unharmed, undamaged from the moment it gets into their truck till it lands into your self-storage space. Besides, they will ensure you use every square inch in your self storage unit.

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