10 Tips for Loading your Storage Unit

Posted on 20 Nov 2013 in Storage Tips

Maybe you need more space in your house, maybe you’re moving to a new home, or maybe you just want to clean the clutter out of your garage. Either way if you’re planning on loading up a storage unit, there’s some things you should keep in mind:

LEAVE SPACE

Realizing that the item you need to get is at the back of a fully packed storage locker is not a good feeling. But even if you’re just doing a quick move in/move out, realizing that the item that will fit just perfectly in the front of the truck is the item that is currently sitting perfectly in the back of your storage locker can slow the entire process down.

PUT STUFF YOU NEED TO ACCESS IN FRONT

If you need to access a particular item with some regularity, store it at the front of your storage locker.

USE THE RIGHT BOX

Remember the last time you picked up that large box, only to realize it contained 50 kilograms of books?

Having the right box is crucial to effectively storing your belongings. Books should be in small, packable boxes that are easy to move and make a strong base. Pack fragile items, such as plates and glasses, in small boxes as well, then store these on the top of your box stack. Folded clothes and other light but sturdy items go great in large boxes and make up the mid section or base of your box stack.

PLASTIC BAGS SEEM GREAT… BUT THEY’RE NOT.

Plastic bags always seem like a great idea when you’re packing. You can easily cram clothes into them and they hold a lot. However, they’re awful in storage lockers.

Their shape and softness makes them nearly impossible to stack, they rip, tear and spill. And sealed plastic traps in moisture and prevents your belongings from breathing, inviting mildew.

PLASTIC TUBS ARE GREAT, BUT…

Like bags, Plastic tubs should be able to breathe. Make sure they do not seal air tight, so belongings don’t mildew.

LEAVE SOME SPACE BETWEEN WALLS AND BOXES TO ALLOW VENTILATION

One of the most chronically under-thought-about areas of a storage locker is the space between your boxes and the wall. Leaving a small space allows airflow and ventilation that keeps your belongings dry and crisp.

KEEP FRIDGES/FREEZERS/ETC OPEN SLIGHTLY TO KEEP AIRFLOW.

Fridges, freezers and even some stoves seal in order to prevent moisture from entering or escaping. Store such appliances with their doors slightly ajar, so that their insides breathe.

Or face the wrath of the stinky fridge upon opening…

DISASSEMBLE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

Don’t store a bed from whole, if you don’t have to. Take everything apart and stack them together.

LABEL YOUR BELONGINGS

There’s nothing worse than finding that your glassware has had two boxes of books placed on top of it. Or was stacked upside down.

Make sure to label which end is up, and what a box’s contents are. Bonus for movers: this lets you know what boxes should be placed in what room.

NEVER STORE GLASS FLAT

This seems obvious, but is constantly ignored. Panes of glass, such as mirrors or picture frames, should be stored on their side and not have items placed upon them. Otherwise they have a tendency to break…

WRAP IT UP

If you’re storing expensive furniture or hard to replace items, be sure to wrap them in protective plastic or cloth in order to prevent scratches and scuffs.

Keep these tips in mind to assure the best storage experience possible. And if you have any questions about storing your possessions, feel free to contact us.

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